The New York Knicks have the opportunity to make a steal of a signing in Lance Stephenson. Should Phil Jackson and Steve Mills pull the trigger?
Though the NBA community is aware of his erratic nature, very few expected Lance Stephenson to be a free agent in late August. He has enough raw talent to help a team, albeit with the concerns he undoubtedly faces and presents.
With minimal noise emerging on the Stephenson front, it may behoove the New York Knicks to take a chance by signing him for cheap.
Stephenson first achieved prominence during the 2013-14 season with the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 3-point field goals made on a slash line of .491/.352/.711.
Unfortunately, the two seasons that have followed haven’t been quite as kind to Stephenson as Indiana was.
Stephenson struggled mightily with the Charlotte Hornets in 2014-15 and had trouble finding court time in 2015-16. He turned things around in Memphis, however, averaging 14.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting.
The question is: should Phil Jackson, Steve Mills, and the Knicks gamble on Stephenson’s untapped potential?