01/24/14 11:39 am EST
Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about where rising Pacers guard Lance Stephenson will play next year after his current contract expires. Normally I get irritated about this type of speculation surrounding a young player who is the middle of a very good season, but really hasn’t totally proven himself yet. However, in this case, the speculation is warranted.
The Brooklyn product has had an absolute breakout year when he was expected to become just a good role player on a Pacers team with Eastern Conference title aspirations. When I say breakout year I mean a borderline All-Star who has cemented himself as a possible triple-double threat. More impressive than that is the fact that Stephenson has done this on a title contender rather than taking volume shots on a bottom feeding team.
So could this talented shooting guard be a missing piece to Sam Hinkie’s 76ers puzzle?
I will explore this scenario and what it could mean for the 76ers after the jump.