Appeared in 78 games (all starts) with the Indiana Pacers, averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 35.3 minutes -- setting career-highs in each category ... He also had the best shooting season of his career, hitting 49.1% of his field goals and 35.2% of his 3-point attempts ... led the NBA and set a franchise record with five triple-doubles on the season, becoming the first Pacer in franchise history to lead the NBA in triple-doubles in a season... Finished second to Phoenix's Goran Dragic for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award
2012-13: After not starting in the first six games of the season, he was a starter in every game he played thereafter on his way to a breakout season in which he averaged 8. 8ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.8 apg...In his first two seasons, he averaged 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 54 games...Including three of his first five games off the bench, he scored in double figures 34 times and did so in a career high five straight games twice...In the first of those two five-game streaks (12/21-31), he shot 25-47 FG, 4-11 3-pt FG and 5-10 FT for an average of 11.8 ppg...He tipped off the second five-game streak with his first 20-point game of the season at Denver, 1/28, where he shot 8-13 FG, 2-3 3-pt FG and 2-2 FT for his 20 points...In that five-game stretch, he averaged 15.2 ppg and shot 30-53 FG (.566) with 8-19 3-pt FG and 8-11 FT...He helped lead the Pacers to a win in Houston, 3/27, with a season-high 21 points on 9-14 FG, 1-2 3-pt FG and 2-3 FT...After making just four 3-pt FG in his first two NBA seasons combined, he hit that many in the team’s first three games and was 4-8 from long distance in those games...Ranked among the NBA’s best 3-pt shooters through the first 10 days of January with a mark of 40.0 percent (28-70) in 34 appearances, he made just 34 more 3-pt FG on 117 attempts (.291) the rest of the season...Including three in the Pacers’ win vs. Miami, 1/8, he made multiple 3-pt FG six times in his first 34 games, but hit more than one just six times the rest of the season...On his way to scoring a career-high tying 22 points, the New York native made a career-high four 3-pt FG (4-9) against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, 4/14...Tied for second on the team with 81 steals, he ranked among the league’s best with a steals-to-turnover ratio of 0.83-to-1 through the first week of March...But, he had just 17 steals and 28 turnovers in his last 18 appearances...He was one of three Indiana players to have at least five steals in a game this season, as he claimed a career-best five vs. Boston, 3/6...That was one of his six games with at least three steals...He had two thefts at Charlotte, 1/15, and that was the first of 10 straight games with at least one steal...The game against the Bobcats was the only multi-steals game in that span...Third on the team with 217 assists this season, he had a career-high seven in the win at Cleveland, 12/21...He passed out five or more assists 23 times and led the team in assists 10 times...He dealt at least three assists in each of the last 10 games of March, including a total of 15 assists in games vs. Minnesota, 3/13, the Lakers, 3/15, and at Philadelphia, 3/16... He averaged 3.9 rebounds a game and had at least five boards 26 times...He had a career-11 rebounds twice: vs. Detroit, 1/30, and vs. the Lakers, 3/15. He scored 12 points in each of those games, giving him his first career double-doubles...In a run of 25 games from January 28 through March 22, he had at least five boards 12 times and he averaged 4.8 rpg in that span...He had just one blocked shot in his first 29 appearances, but then totaled 25 the rest of the season...He blocked more than one shot for the first time in his brief career with two in the Pacers’ win vs. Milwaukee, 3/22...That game with the Bucks was part of a three-game streak in which he blocked at least one shot and he had seven rejections in the season’s last 12 games...He sat out three games due to injury in 2012-13, two in December with a right ankle sprain and one in March (3/25) with a right flexor strain.
2011-12: In the first start of his NBA career, he made a big splash against the Chicago Bulls, 4/25, leading the Pacers with a game-high 22 points on 10-15 FG and 2-4 3-pt FG...in nearly 35 minutes without a turnover, he added a rebound, an assist and a blocked shot...a participant in 32 of the season’s first 35 games, he averaged 10.75 mpg in those outings...he logged 10+ minutes 16 times, including three with 20 or more minutes...prior to the game with Chicago, he had, arguably, the best game of his young career in the Pacers win over Atlanta, 1/11, scoring 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 FT) with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and a blocked shot in 18 minutes...he had similar overall numbers in the game vs. Charlotte, 2/19, with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and a career-high four steals...he had 21 steals on the season and the game with Charlotte was one of four in which he had multiple thefts...in his first 20 games he scored four or more points three times, but then did so seven times in the next nine games, including eight points on 4-7 FG vs. Utah, 2/7, and nine points on 4-10 FG and 1-4 3-pt FG at Cleveland, 2/15...vs. Charlotte, 2/19, he scored seven points on 3-5 FG and 1-1 3-pt FG...two nights later, he scored four points vs. New Orleans, marking the last time he would connect for more than two points until the season finale vs. Chicago...beginning with a loss at Philadelphia, 1/9, he played in 27 straight games and averaged 11.3 mpg in that span...however, he played in just 10 more games the rest of the season, averaging 9.8 mpg...after averaging 2.4 ppg in his first 32 outings, he totaled 28 points in his last 10—shooting 13-35 FG and 2-11 3-pt FG in that span...ending a run of 18 straight misses, that included five in his rookie season, he made the first 3-pt FG of his brief NBA career at Cleveland, 2/15, and hit his second just two games later against Charlotte, 2/19...he started the season 6-8 from the free throw line, until going 0-4 from the stripe vs. Utah, 2/7...he shot 2-3 FT against Miami, 2/14, and those were his last free throws until going 0-2 vs. Detroit, 4/23...he averaged just over a rebound a game (1.3) and his 15 games with more than one featured a run of five games from 2/7 through 2/14 in which he averaged 2.2 rpg...he gathered a season-high five rebounds vs. Atlanta, 1/11, and then matched that total against Charlotte, 2/19...in the game against the Bobcats, he claimed a season-high tying two offensive rebounds...he had more than one offensive rebound for the first time in his career vs. New Jersey, 1/31...he was in uniform for each of the team’s first 60 games until spending the game vs. Minnesota, 4/16, on the inactive list...he was also inactive for the game vs. Philadelphia, 4/21...he recorded a total of 46 assists on the season and passed out two or more 12 times...his season-high five assists vs. New Jersey, 1/31, tied for the team lead and he tied for game-high honors in that department twice...he was one of three Pacers’ players with a team-best three assists in the loss vs. Miami, 2/14.
2010 -11: After 32 straight games on the inactive list, he appeared in uniform for the first time in the game against San Antonio, 1/7, though he didn’t play due to a coaching decision against the Spurs...he actually appeared in a game for the first time vs. Phoenix, 2/27, logging four minutes and scoring two points on 2-2 from the free throw line...he also had one rebound and two assists against the Suns...that was the first of seven straight appearances and he averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 assists in those seven games...following three straight DNP-CDs, he played in six of seven games from March 16 through March 25, totaling 22 minutes, five points and two assists...in just his third outing of the season, he had a season-high 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes at Oklahoma City, 3/2...that was the only game that he registered more than six points...his 11 points against the Thunder included 5-6 FT and he shot 11-14 from the line for the season...after going 9-28 from the floor in his first six appearances, he scored six points at Minnesota, 3/9, on 3-3 from the field...he would shoot 0-7 FG in his next four outings, before hitting his only attempt vs. Sacramento, 3/25...at Dallas, 3/4, he tied for the team lead with a season-high six assists and he alone led the team in assists with five the next night in Houston...those were his only games with more than two assists...the game vs. the Kings, 3/25, was his last appearance of the season and he spent seven of the last nine games on the inactive list.
Selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second around (40th pick) in the 2010 NBA Draft ... signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets on July 18, 2014.
2009-10: The 2010 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, he ranked 28th overall in the conference in scoring (12.3 ppg) and was the league’s top freshman scorer...he finished the campaign with 13 points and six rebounds vs. Dayton in the second round of the NIT, 3/22...he added 14 points in the Bearcats’ first-round NIT game vs. Weber State, 3/17...he notched his seventh consecutive double-figure scoring effort with a game-high 19 points in the quarterfinals of the Big East Championship against West Virginia, 3/11...including the game-winning free throw with less than two seconds to play, he poured in 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first round of the Big East conference tournament against Rutgers, 3/9...he scored a season-best 23 points and made a season-high 11 field goals in 17 attempts at Georgetown, 3/6...he was named Big East Freshman of the Week for a third time on March 1 after averaging almost a double-double against DePaul, 2/24, and West Virginia, 2/27...he registered his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, which included a season-best five offensive rebounds, in a win over DePaul, 2/24...he led UC to a win over Connecticut, 12/30, with 21 points in his Big East debut, including the go-ahead free throws with 0.7 seconds to play...he put together a terrific all-around performance with seven points, a season-high seven assists, and a season-high 11 rebounds against Texas Southern, 12/1.
His full name is Lance Stephenson, Jr. and he is the son of Lance, Sr. and Bernadette Stephenson...he has one brother...a 2009 McDonald’s High School All-American, he averaged 28.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists as a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., to earn Class AA New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) Player of the Year honors...a three-time NYSSWA first-team selection, he graduated high school as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the state of New York with 2,946 points, surpassing fellow Lincoln High grad Sebastian Telfair, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft...in 2009, he led Lincoln to an overall record of 22-11 and an unprecedented fourth consecutive Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Class AA championship...he scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 78-56 victory over John F. Kennedy in the league championship game...he led the Railsplitters to state semifinals appearances his final three seasons, including Federation Tournament championships in 2007 and 2008.