Draft profile: Lance Stephenson
Projection: Late first to early second
Positives: Big, physical guard ... Terrific scorer ... Great midrange game ... Powerful finisher at the basket
Negative: Has a terrible reputation for being selfish ... Not an elite athlete ... Lacks deep range on his jump shot ... Questionable shot selection
Ford's analysis: Stephenson continues to impress NBA teams after a strong combine. "As far as guys who just know how to play, he's it," one NBA scout said. "He's going to be great in 'iso' situations in the league. If all the red flags about him weren't there, I'm pretty sure this kid's a lottery pick. He's going to tempt a lot of people."
Forsberg's take: Stephenson is floating under the radar in the second tier of shooting guards, somewhere at the end of a list that includes previously profiled players like Jordan Crawford, Avery Bradley and James Anderson. But he's got nice size and can flat-out score. As we mentioned with other players labeled "selfish," that's not necessarily a bad thing for a rookie scorer coming to Boston. Stephenson, a high school phenom from Brooklyn, seems to be able to create for himself and teammates, but could be the pure shooting guard the Green seek off the bench.
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