Stephenson shakes Parker with a spin
by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports
Don’t look now, but former New York high school legend Lance Stephenson is becoming a reliable contributor for the Indiana Pacers.
Stephenson entered the NBA with a well-established reputation of a talented yet trying player. Though he can finish with the best of them, his attitude and selfish play left many teams of the shooting guard after his storied career at Lincoln (N.Y.) High School and Cincinnati.
But Stephenson has settled in his second season in the NBA and is shooting 48.8 percent from the field this year. And he’s still busting out the moves that earned him the nickname “Born Ready.”
Stephenson put San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker through the spin cycle In the third quarter Thursday.
Parker shouldn’t feel too ashamed — he did score 33 points and the Spurs won, 104-97. And he’s certainly not the first player to be on the receiving end of one of Stephenson’s crowd-pleasing moves.
If Stephenson can continue to display improved shot selection while still being a scoring threat, he could prove to be a valuable asset for the Pacers.