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Lance Stepehenson

JULY 10, 2019
WERRIBEE SPORTS COMPLEX
11:00am - 3:00pm
JULY 11, 2019
GEELONG BASKETBALL STADIUM
CULTURE KINGS CITY
11:00am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 6:00pm
JULY 12, 2019
WHITTLESEA BASKETBALL STADIUM
BASKETBALL JERSEY SHOP (SOUTHLAND)
10:00am - 2:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
JULY 13, 2019
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL STADIUM
11:00am - 3:00pm
July 14, 2019
TBC
11:00am - 3:00pm
Professional career
Indiana Pacers (2010–2014)
2010–11 season
On April 7, 2010, Stephenson announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 40th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. In his NBA Summer League debut, he scored 21 points, snared four rebounds and dished out three assists in an 88-77 win over the Orlando Magic in the NBA's Orlando Summer League. Stephenson signed a multi-year contract with the Pacers on July 22, 2010.
On February 27, 2011, Stephenson made his NBA debut for the Pacers in a game against the Phoenix Suns. He played four minutes and had two points, two assists, one rebound and one turnover. Toward the end of the season, the Pacers demoted Stephenson due to ongoing immaturity issues.
2011–12 season
On April 25, 2012, Stephenson recorded his first career start for the Indiana Pacers and scored 22 points against the Chicago Bulls.
2012–13 season
During the 2012–13 season, Stephenson became a regular starter for the Pacers due to the injury of Danny Granger. On May 18, 2013, in game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Knicks, Stephenson recorded a career-high 25 points along with 10 rebounds and three assists to lead the Pacers to a win over the Knicks and advance to the conference finals against the Miami Heat.
2013–14 season
On November 11, 2013, against the Memphis Grizzlies, Stephenson recorded his first professional triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
Stephenson had his second career triple-double on Friday, November 22, 2013 in a Pacers win against the Boston Celtics. He had 10 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds. With the win, the Pacers improved their record to 11-1, their best start in franchise history.
Stephenson recorded his third career triple-double, and his third of the season, on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in another Pacers win against the Celtics. He had 12 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.
On January 16, 2014, Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points in a win against the Knicks.
Stephenson completed the regular season with a league-high five triple-doubles, and finished second in NBA Most Improved Player Award voting to the Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragić.
He and the Pacers made the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Conference Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat for the second straight year. Stephenson drew criticisms from the press and team president Larry Bird for his trash-talking and attempts to play mind games, such as blowing in the ear of the Heat's LeBron James, with his actions deemed "not professional". However, with Stephenson entering unrestricted free agency, Bird said, "I always want him back. You just don't let talent like that walk away if you can help it," but added, "There's going to be a price and we're not going to go over that." The Pacers offered him a five-year, $44 million contract, but instead Stephenson opted to test the market, believing that he was worth more.
Charlotte Hornets (2014–2015)
On July 18, 2014, Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. On October 29, 2014, he made his debut for the Hornets in their season opening game against the Milwaukee Bucks. In just under 40 minutes of action, he recorded 7 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists in the 108-106 overtime win.
After coming into the November 7 home game against the Atlanta Hawks averaging less than seven points per game on the season, Stephenson won the game for the Hornets in double overtime with a buzzer-beating three-point shot to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 122–119. He also recorded his first double-double as a Hornets player with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
On January 14, 2015, Stephenson returned from a 14-game absence due to a pelvic sprain and had 8 points in 19 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs.
Los Angeles Clippers (2015–2016)
On June 15, 2015, Stephenson was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes. He made his debut for the Clippers in the team's season opener against the Sacramento Kings on October 28, scoring 7 points as a starter in a 111–104 win. On December 2, he scored a then season-high 19 points in a loss to his former team, the Indiana Pacers.
Memphis Grizzlies (2016)
On February 18, 2016, Stephenson was traded, along with a future first-round pick, to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jeff Green. Three days later, he made his debut for the Grizzlies in a 98–85 loss to the Toronto Raptors, recording 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench. On March 11, he scored a career-high 33 points in a 121–114 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
New Orleans Pelicans (2016)
On September 14, 2016, Stephenson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. After sustaining a groin injury on November 4 and being subsequently ruled out for six to 10 weeks, the Pelicans waived Stephenson on November 7.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2017)
On February 8, 2017, Stephenson signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He made his debut for the Timberwolves that night in a 112–109 win over the Toronto Raptors; in his first game in three months, he hit his first two shots and scored six points, grabbed two rebounds and had an assist in his first eight-minute shift. On February 14, 2017, in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stephenson suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain. On March 8, 2017, after recovering from the injury, Stephenson signed a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves. On March 18, the Timberwolves decided not to sign Stephenson for the rest of the season.
Return to Indiana (2017–present)
On March 30, 2017, Stephenson signed with the Indiana Pacers, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On April 2, 2017, in a 135–130 double overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stephenson scored four points and committed five fouls in 18 minutes of his first game since returning to Indiana.
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