Sumpert VS Stephenson
Lance Stephenson or Iman Shumpert I asked this question on twitter last year in the playoffs when their teams were playing each other. I'm asking the question again this time to a more knowledgable basketball community. Who is the better player and why? I have my opinion but i'd love to hear other peoples.
I'll take Lance Stephenson.. he can fill up the stat sheet the way I don't think Iman can. Lance In my opinion outplayed Iman in their playoff matchup last year also. Lance just gives his team such an energy and spark that I don't think Iman can give the Knicks..
2012-13 Lance- 8.8 PPG 2.9 APG 3.3 RPG
2013-13 Iman- 6.8 PPG 1.7 APG 3.0 RPG Iman had to come back from an ACL so i'll give him the benefit of the doubt... but this year
2013-14 Lance- 13.7 PPG 5.0 APG 5.2 RPG
2013-14 Iman- 8.3 PPG 2.8 APG 5.2 RPG
I like Iman, hes usually guarding the best player and he plays with melo, so that means way less shots and never have the ablilty to rebound due to always near the teams best scorer.
So his numbers would be way differnt if he was with a team like indiana where all he would have to do is be the glue guy.
I think he is a safter wild card and you know what to expect each night.
It depends. Iman in a great wing defender, and Stephenson is a little better offensively. I would probably take Lance..
No question Lance... he has made major strides this season and has plenty of room to grow. Sadly, Shumpert is just not the same after his ACL tear and seems to be the player he will always be. Hopefully I am wrong and Shumpert can regain some of his athleticism another year after surgery.
If you asked me two years ago, or even a year ago, I'd say Iman. But Lance has really stupped his game up to a new level while Shumpert has been the same player (except his 3ball).
Lance has become an all-around player on both ends of the floor
Shumpert clearly hasn't recovered well from his ACL/Meniscus tear. He had to have another "secret" surgery this summer to clean up damage. I don't know if this summer's surgery was related to his ACL/Meniscus tear, but there's a high chance it was. Who knows how badly damaged his left knee really is.
He doesn't look like the same guy.
I'll say Stephenson for now, but I'd like to see how Shumpert played if he was utilized a little better. The Knicks don't even let him defend the #1 guys anymore. I think they're pretty close in terms of overall talent. Shump being the better defender and Lance being the better offensive player. But it's easier to look good when your team has one loss versus a team that's been a big disappointment to most people.
Even if Shumpert wasn't injured, I'd go with Stephenson. Stephenson has way more ability at the offensive end. He's basically a combo guard. Stephenson is probably the team's best playmaker/passer.
And defensively, Shumpert is better, but Stephenson is no slouch. He has his lapses and low IQ moments, but he can pretty much defend three positions. Stephenson can play a lot bigger than Shumpert at the defensive end IMO.
No he doesn't. You are underrating Shumpert's offensive capabilities. Hard to get shots with Carmelo jacking up 30 shots a game...not to mention JR Smith's quick trigger.