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Pacers ink Lance Stephenson to a multi-year deal

Jul 23, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

Regardless of whether Lance Stephenson is better suited to be a point guard or a shooting guard, he’ll be a Pacer next season. In a completely unsurprising move, Indiana signed the No. 40 pick in this year’s draft to a multi-year deal, according to NBA.com.

Pacers coach Jim O’Brien fancies Stephenson a point guard, and he thrived in that capacity in the Orlando Summer League. However, while Lance was able to score with relative ease against his Summer League contemporaries, he didn’t exactly rack up the assists. In the three games in which Stephenson played significant minutes, he totaled just six assists while turning the ball over seven times. Summer League stats may not be worth all that much, but it’s clear that if Stephenson is going to be a point guard, he’s going to be cast in the scoring mold.

Regardless, Stephenson looks like great value for a second round pick. Lance was unspectacular in his freshman season at Cincinnati, but he’s long been considered more of a pro prospect than a candidate for college stardom. Stephenson has definitely piqued the Pacers’ interest, and he may end up securing some steady burn — both at the 1 and the 2 — for Indy in ’10-’11.

  1. Chuck - Jul 24, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    I have rooting hard for Lance since I am from NYC. It’s really nice that he found his position after playing aimlessly for a bad coach at Cincinnati. I thought that Paul George was pretty impressive, quick and athletic as well. Although I am a Thunder fan, I will be rooting for the Pacers for the first time.

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