Feb 9, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Should Sixers gamble on Lance Stephenson in FA?

Lance Stephenson is a player that has received mixed reviews throughout his four-year NBA career. With that said, it is only right to debate whether or not Sam Hinkie and the Sixers, who gambled on troubled forward Royce White this off-season.

It is clear that the Sixers are in the midst of a complete re-build. Whether it be the Jrue Holiday trade on draft day, shipping off Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline, the buyout of Danny Granger, or the fact that Brandon Davies is still on the roster, it has been clear as day Hinkie’s first day.

With a roster full of young, cheap players other than Jason Richardson, the Sixers are blessed with the flexibility of tons of money to spend this off-season. Make no mistake, the Sixers will still be far from contending this time next year, but change is certainly coming this summer.

Much has been made of the Sixers’ two first-round picks they have this year, but Lance Stephenson is a free agent that should garner a lot of attention. In 57 games played, Stephenson has averaged over 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. Additionally, his Player Efficiency Rating is 15.61, above average for an NBA player.

At just 23 years old, Stephenson still fits the bill of a young, promising player. Brett Brown is respected as one of the best in the business in terms of developing players, and with Stephenson’s potential, Brown would be licking his chops.

However, two big questions remain.

  1. How much money will it take to lure Stephenson to Philly? 
  2. Is Stephenson really as good as it seems, or is he a product of the system in Indiana?

Stephenson has shown glimpses of surreal potential. With huge dunks, flashy passes, and impressive drives and shot-making ability, he has quickly become one of the most intriguing young players in the Association. Still, whether or not Stephenson can become a star is yet to be seen due to his role with the Pacers.

As the video above displays, the excitement surrounding Lance Stephenson is understandable. Given his ability to be a jack-of-all-trades, it seems like he would be a natural fit next to Michael Carter-Williams. Nobody knows Stephenson’s priorities as he enters free agency, but if he wants to shine in a bigger role, Philadelphia may be just the place for him.

What are your thoughts? Should the Sixers take a chance on Stephenson this summer?

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