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5 Reasons Why Lance Stephenson Won’t Fit With the Charlotte Hornets

5 Reasons Why Lance Stephenson Won't Fit With The Charlotte Hornets

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Lance Stephenson agreed to a three-year, $ 27 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Contrary to what many think, this signing will end up doing more harm than good for the Hornets and could cost them a return visit to the NBA playoffs.

5. Stephenson's Quirky Ways Won't Go Over Well in Charlotte

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5. Stephenson's Quirky Ways Won't Go Over Well in Charlotte

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Whether is was blowing in LeBron James' ear or the over-exaggerated flops, Stephenson has a history of pushing the limits in order to get a competitive advantage on the court. The Indiana Pacers and their fans dealt with it because Stephenson was a role player who used those tactics to spark the team. Doing those things as the star of the team wont be as "cute" and could rub teammates, fans and officials the wrong way in Charlotte.

4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's Growth as a Player Will Be Stunted

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
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4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's Growth as a Player Will Be Stunted

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In two seasons in the NBA, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been nothing more than an energy guy who has yet to find an outside shot. With Stephenson and Walker not being proficient from outside themselves, "MKG" could find his minutes diminished as head coach Steve Clifford looks to add perimeter shooting to the offense.

3. Uncertainty Over Who Will Run The Offense

Kemba Walker
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3. Uncertainty Over Who Will Run The Offense

Kemba Walker
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Kemba Walker is the point guard of the team, but there were moments at Indiana where the Pacers' offense flowed well with the ball in Stephenson's hands. In 2013, he had almost as many 10-plus assist games (six) as Walker did (nine). And if he is having a hot game scoring, Stephenson is known to get tunnel vision and will tend to over-dribble in order to create his own shot, which could negate the flow of the offense.

2. Stephenson Will Struggle As The "Go-To" Player

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2. Stephenson Will Struggle As The "Go-To" Player

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While he did have 13 regular season games where he scored 20-plus points in 2013, only four of those games came against teams that made the playoffs last season, and he did it with teams focusing on Paul George and Roy HIbbert. While Al Jefferson is a better interior option than Hibbert, defenses will be able to sag in the paint due to the lack of outside shooting.

1. Charlotte Still Lacks Outside Shooting

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1. Charlotte Still Lacks Outside Shooting

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While Stephenson shot a career high 35 percent from the three-point arc, it was done with the freedom of knowing teams were focused on the other Pacer stars. Walker (33 percent) and Kidd-Gilchrist (11 percent) were not as proficient, and with teams not respecting the Hornets' outside shooting, that will make scoring inside more difficult for Al Jefferson and the other interior players.