Indiana Pacers: Lance Stephenson Continues Strong Start to 2013

By Michael Pidgeon
Lance Stephenson
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Paul George is the main reason for the Indiana Pacers‘ 8-0 start to the 2013 NBA season, but Lance Stephenson should get some love too. When the Pacers are discussed, Stephenson is rarely mentioned and sometimes not at all. That should finally change as Lance continued his strong start to the season by picking up a triple double in tonight’s blowout victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Stephenson has been the second leading scorer on the Pacers and that trend continued this evening as George was the only member of Indiana to score more points than Lance. With the injury to Danny Granger, Lance was given major minutes and he returned the favor by stepping into the starting shooting guard role and proving to be very valuable to the Pacers.

It is yet to be seen what Granger’s role will be when he returns. But as of right now, Stephenson has locked down a spot in the starting lineup for Indiana. If Lance continues playing at a high level, not only will his play make it almost impossible for Danny to get a chance at gaining his starting spot back, but a seven-year age difference also sways the competition in Stephenson’s favor.

Indiana is the last remaining undefeated team in the NBA and they have shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Every member of the starting lineup averages double digits in scoring, their defense seems impenetrable and George’s play has led him to be arguably the front-runner for MVP to this point. All of those intangibles have helped the Pacers remain undefeated, but Stephenson’s play should not get overlooked and Lance should start being given the credit he has earned and deserves.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at

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