What Stands Between Lance Stephenson and His Star Potential?

November 28th, 2014 by Daniel O'Brien Leave a reply »

As the Charlotte Hornets' shiniest offseason acquisition, Lance Stephenson entered the 2014-15 campaign with high expectations—perhaps too lofty for his own good.

After several weeks of woefully inefficient shooting and underwhelming impact, it's clear the free-wheeling shooting guard has a long way to go before reaching his star potential. An 11-point, six-turnover outing during Charlotte's 106-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors is his latest uninspiring handiwork.

The Hornets, who are coming off a satisfying run to playoff status in 2013-14, are now 4-13 in 2014-15. Stephenson has done little to help them move in the right direction and has actually been counterproductive in many areas.

While the five-year pro is rebounding the heck out of the ball (7.9 boards per game) and dishing 5.6 dimes per contest, he hasn't found his rhythm yet from the field (37 percent) or three-point line (20 percent). He's struggling to consistently score the ball, and Hornets skipper Steve Clifford has benched him for two straight fourth quarters.

Clifford openly acknowledged that Stephenson is several steps from becoming ...

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