The Indiana Pacers really shouldn’t surprise anyone with their play this season as they keep proving they are a legit threat in the Eastern Conference.
Having the best record in the Conference and after showing they can go head-to-head against the Miami Heat doesn’t hurt their case either, and they also have solid pieces to build around in Paul George and Roy Hibbert. But, there’s one player that has been turning heads with their play this season and he is no other than shooting guard Lance Stephenson.
The 23-year-old has been on an absolute tear this season and he appears to be the front-runner to win the award for the Most Improved Player at the end of the regular season. Stephenson leads the league in triple-doubles and he was the brightest star for a Pacers team that dismantled the New York Knicks on Thursday with ease.
Stephenson finished the game 28 points, four rebounds and four assists in what was a comfortable 117-89 win for the team, but this hasn’t been the only remarkable display of the year. Stephenson has gone from being a bench-warmer to a solid bench option last season, and now he increased his role all the way to a legit two-way player that can be useful on both ends of the court.
Stephenson needs to keep working hard this season as he appears to be a key component of the Pacers’ success, and if he continues improving at this pace, he should run away with the MIP Award with ease. He looks like the real deal and his play hasn’t gone unnoticed so far.