A week and a half ago, Indiana Pacers‘ guard Lance Stephenson recorded his first career triple-double. Friday night against the Boston Celtics, he has done it again. Stephenson is the first player in the NBA this season with multiple triple-doubles after tonight’s 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. More importantly, the Pacers are now 11-1 after a 97-82 win in Boston.
Stephenson really made his name known last season, taking advantage of the playing time with Danny Granger hurt. Now, he’s showing how much he’s improved over the offseason. Stephenson is putting up ridiculous numbers and has noticeably made huge leaps in his game since entering the league. He was an immature player at first, and just a few years later, he is much matured and is a possible triple-double every night.
Indiana has obviously had an outstanding start to the season, and although Paul George is the team’s leader and star, Stephenson’s energy and all-around talent has really impacted the Pacers so far. Stephenson is certainly making a strong case early on for leading the Most Improved Player race.
The good thing about Lance Stephenson is he can put up these types of numbers each and every night. There have been many times already this season where he was getting close to the mark, but just couldn’t reach. 12 games in, he has two triple-doubles, and the Pacers are the best team in the NBA.
Stephenson’s consistency will surely help the Pacers continue their impressive start to this season. Lance may not get another triple-double this season, or he could get one tomorrow night vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s what makes Lance Stephenson so interesting.