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PBT Podcast: Is Lance Stephenson an All-Star?

Jan 17, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

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Lance Stephenson‘s 28 points on the Knicks — and how he plays with a real flair — has a lot of people around the NBA asking if he is an All-Star?

That’s the first topic in the latest edition of the ProBasketballTalk Podcast, featuring myself and Brett Pollakoff of PBT, plus Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio. The general consensus, yes he should make the cut. If Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose were healthy this would be a different conversation, but with both out (in Rondo’s case he returns Friday but that’s not going to win him points among coaches, who select the reserves). 

After that we talk about the Lakers’ “fight” and Nick Young, the from there more foolishness in L.A. with Magic Johnson vs. Jim Buss.

Finally, do the Heat need home court to beat the Pacers? And why would Paul George give the Heat bulletin board material? 

As always, you can listen by hitting play below or  you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

  1. thomaskouns - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    If you think 13, 5 and 6 are All-Star worthy then we should add about 20 spots to each Conference Roster.

    Very nice player on a great team but no not an All-Star.

    Amazing when the media attach pretty much any player’s name to ‘All-Star’ people start believing it.

    • savvybynature - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I tend to agree with you that he’s not an All-Star, but I hate how discussion of who is worthy of that honor inevitable boils down to just 3 statistics, and defense is just glossed over.
      Defense is half the game, after all.

      • thomaskouns - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        I agree with you wholeheartedly that defense is usually overlooked and very undervalued.

        However, Stevenson didn’t get a ‘single’ vote for the All-Defensive Team(s) by NBA coaches last year and 40+ other players did.

    • abchome - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:45 AM

      Agreed. I know PER is far from perfect, but a slightly above average PER (15.63) sounds average to me.

  2. dolphindubs - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    This guy is a hell of a player, but All-Star? I don’t know. Either way, look at his progression. From small time bench player to starter to borderline All-Star. Gotta give him props!

  3. antistratfordian - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Well, you know what they say… if you have to ask, the answer is no.

  4. senorpapino - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Funny how he once was the scrub who gave LeBron the choke sign to the rising star who will probably determine whether the Pacers or Heat go to the finals.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      He’s still that scrub.

    • kinggw - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      The health of the Heat will decide who goes to the Finals. The Pacers have yet to face a fully healthy Heat team in the playoffs. If the Heat continue to proactively manage Wade’s minutes, they should be fine.

      Its not like they haven’t come across a hungry, defensively sound team from the central who places too much emphasis on the regular season before.

  5. davidly - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I don’t see where Magic Johnson’s latest comment is a jumping off point for the criticism he gets in the podcast. He may be a poor commentator, but his latest analysis is correct. Everybody who thought bringing in Howard and Nash was going to be something to behold were right for all the wrong reasons. In other words, they were wrong about the paper tiger’s chances.

    All of us who said so beforehand were right because we knew injuries would be an issue in addition to a lack of chemistry. Now the Laker’s are pretty middling at best with almost no chance of signing any major talent for the future, which won’t change in 2015 when if they sign Anthony and blow even harder than they did last year.

    Magic’s court vision is good enough to see that this team is just turning over.

  6. jimeejohnson - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    When he plays against the Knicks, he’s an all-star.

  7. jadaruler - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    I would put him on the team. Pacers and Heat are so far ahead of the crap in the East, they deserve 3 all stars from both teams.

    As for defense voting Marion finished 9th in voting 2 years ago coming off his defensive performance during the Dallas title run and Dallas finishing as a top defensive team after Tyson left.

    • sportsnut101 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Chris bosh does not deserve a spot sorry
      Wade will make it due to fan vote otherwise he wouldn’t make it

      The east is really bad this year so he will make the team
      I hope they don’t vote Hibbert on their he hasn’t been all star this year

      This gonna be bad all star game

  8. metalhead65 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    so because he is not putting up eye popping individual numbers he is not an a all star? maybe that has something to do with his team not needing him to score 30 a game? as for his defense where do the Pacers rank again in the league? would he be playing as much if he was a bad defender? invent all the stats you want but the guy is good and all star worthy.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:07 AM

      Most of the players on the Pacers are bad defenders – have Roy Hibbert miss the rest of the season and you’d see what I’m talking about.

  9. sire2334 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    He’s having a good season but I’d vote for Bradley Beal before him.

  10. antistratfordian - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Lance Stephenson’s PER is currently 15.6. Let us consult our trusty PER Reference Guide:

    A Year For the Ages: 35.0
    Runaway MVP Candidate: 30.0
    Strong MVP Candidate: 27.5
    Weak MVP Candidate: 25.0
    Bona fide All-Star: 22.5
    Borderline All-Star: 20.0
    Solid 2nd option: 18.0
    3rd Banana: 16.5
    Pretty good player: 15.0 <—— Sir Lancelot level
    In the rotation: 13.0
    Scrounging for minutes: 11.0
    Definitely renting: 9.0
    The Next Stop D-League: 5.0

    Conclusion: He should be watching the game from home like the rest of us.

  11. velocirep - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Who would you put on your All Star team, Last year’s Stephen Curry or this year’s Lance Stephenson? Don’t water down the game more than it is, Sir Dancelot just has a platform on a good team. His antics kill me though; definitely deserves an award for ‘funniest antics after making a play’

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