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The Celtics don’t have much interest in Lance Stephenson

Chuck - Red's Army June 10, 2014 Free Agency 19 Comments

Grantland’s Zach Lowe has a comprehensive breakdown of Lance Stephenson’s game and potential suitors in free agency. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Stephenson’s potential and moxy.

Lowe lists Charlotte, Detroit and Indiana as the best possibilities to sign Stephenson. The Nuggets and Pelicans are also in the mix. It’s believed he’ll get offers approaching $10 million on the market.

What about the Celtics? I asked Lowe on Twitter:

 

I’m willing to forget about Stephenson if the “other stuff” is Kevin Love.

Character and maturity are the big variables for teams interested in Stephenson. If you are willing to look past all that stuff, Stephenson’s game isn’t exactly flawless. I was frightened by Lowe’s analysis. Some snippets:

  • He drove the ball to the rim only about 4.2 times per game
  • He’s a good 3-point shooter, but not a great one, and certainly not one other teams fear when he’s away from the ball.
  • Watch the tape, and his pick-and-rolls appear to have a go-nowhere quality
  • All that fancy stuff resulted in a heap of ugly turnovers
  • He doesn’t have a reliable midrange jumper to shoot over those big guys
  • His assists in the half court are mostly unspectacular
  • He zooms in without a plan, which means a lot of ugly jump passes and desperate wraparounds in the tight area underneath the basket

$10 million per year for that? To be fair, Lowe did praise Stephenson for his creativity, passing and defense.

The consensus among fans who tweeted at me this morning is that Stephenson doesn’t fit with Rajon Rondo and the Celtics need more of a pure shooter to compliment their point guard. I think they’re right.

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  • Curt Hays

    He still just sounds like Steez, to me.

    • bill_nair

      Now that you mention it, they’re extremely similar.They both dribble with a sort of “arch” or tenseness or whatever it is. Rather bring back Steez who would be cheaper.

      • Curt Hays

        and we know that Steez gets along with Steves

  • KGino

    10 mil for him is gross. He’s like a slightly poor man’s iguodala

    • wil

      richman steez, poormans jamal crawford.

      only thing good about him is his bulk which is enough to guard 3

      • KGino

        Jamal crawford is way more of a scorer and does less of the other things. The iguodala comparison was extremely on point, no need to mess with it.

        • Curt Hays

          LOL, way to support the Iggy comparison. Does it still count if it was your own quote? You’re talking like you’re the Rock all of a sudden.

          If YA Smelllllllllll

          • KGino

            lol. Hey I thought for like 5 min trying to think of a very comparable player and that’s who I came up with. Then this jabronie comes along and makes a worse comparison in Jamal Crawford, who he’s not nearly as similar to in my eyes.

            What do you think this is?.. IT DOESN’T MATTER!..

          • Curt Hays

            I laughed at this way too long in a place far too public. I don’t know a single other person who would fully appreciate that comment.

          • Curt Hays

            Also, now I will only ever think of him as Jabronie Parker. Please @facebook-100001752720295:disqus or @johnkaralis:disqus make sure we call him that if he doesn’t play for Boston.

  • BillRussell

    Any word on where Deng will land? he will likely want more $$ than we can give. But he is real solid and both ends and great at defending Bron/Durant

  • RedsLoveChild

    We need “Bigs”….6`10″ or over

    Getting excited over guys under 6`6″ is for chumps

    • Curt Hays

      THIS

  • Brad P

    Stay far away, very far away. I don’t want that idiot on the Celtics. As for the Steez comparisons, he can actually shoot. This guy can’t

    • Curt Hays

      You’re only thinking about Steez THIS year. Go watch him when he wasn’t in green. Steez is hot/cold. He isn’t consistent. He is MORE consistent than Lantz though. I’ll give you that. Oh wait, I meant Lance. Lantz is Lance’s brother. Seriously. You can’t make this crap up.

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