Lance Stephenson goes to China with a One-Year Contract
One NBA veteran who still does not have a team in the free player market this time finally found his new port. The player who defended the Los Angeles Lakers last season, Lance Stephenson, reportedly by Yahoo Sports agreed to join the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) team, Liaoning Flying Leopards. The same source said Lance got a one-season contract with a value of US $ 4 million.
Lance did not succeed in luring the NBA teams to put his name on the list of players for the 2019-2020 season. This is quite interesting because the experience, Lance is not exactly bad.
Entering the NBA as the 40th choice of the 2010 NBA Draft Indiana Pacers, Lance started his career well. In just two seasons, he has been promoted to a Pacers starter subscription . Not until there, in the 2013-2014 season, Lance even experienced his best season.
In addition to recording a triple double, he also managed to finish second for the Most Improved Player of the Year title. Then, he also managed to become one of the important pillars of the Pacers in the playoffs. The Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for two consecutive seasons (2013 & 2014). Unfortunately, they are always subject to the experienced star team, the Miami Heat.
After the 2013-2014 season, Lance could be called a “Wanderer.” How not, after that season, he was noted to have defended five other teams. Note that does not include his second trip with Pacers. The teams he has defended include the Charlotte Hornets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Some things that are suspected to be the cause of his never getting a contract are his playing style. Lance is a typical player who is quite fond of carrying the ball for a long time. Unfortunately, not all of them lead to good things. This is evident from the record efficiency of his shots (eFG%) which is only 48 percent throughout his career. On the other hand, it also has a high turnover percentage (TOV%) with 16.4 percent. (DRMK)