Stephenson provided 14 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-10 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 27 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 108-86 loss to the Timberwolves. Stephenson has been up over the 20-minute mark for the last three games, which has coincided with LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) being out of the lineup. Another key rotation player in Kyle Kuzma (back) was also missing Sunday and is questionable for the second half of the back-to-back set Monday in Dallas, potentially leaving the door open for Stephenson to keep earning extensive run off the bench. Kuzma's eventual return will probably be more detrimental to Michael Beasley than Stephenson, whose ball-handling and perimeter defense are skills that are more needed with James and Rondo both likely to miss several more games.
Stephenson produced 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 23 minutes during Thursday's 126-111 loss to Houston. Stephenson had 17 points in 23 minutes off the bench Thursday, his highest points total in almost a month. His playing time has fluctuated all season which has resulted in wildly inconsistent production. Leave him on the waivers in standard leagues.
Stephenson produced 11 points (3-7 FG, 3-5 Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, one block and one steal across 15 minutes in the Lakers' 107-106 win over the Hawks on Sunday. Stephenson mustered his best scoring total since Oct. 29 while draining a season high in threes. The nine-year veteran's minutes have been stuck in the teens in six of his last seven games, putting a cap on his overall production. Stephenson is undoubtedly capable of strong scoring and rebounding contributions whenever he has enough playing time, but the uncertainty on that front limits his current fantasy viability to deeper formats and as a DFS dart throw.
Stephenson tallied 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt), nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 22 minutes during Saturday's 110-106 loss to the Spurs. Stephenson produced his third consecutive strong effort, finishing with 14 points to go with nine rebounds. He has benefitted from the absence of Brandon Ingram (suspension), staking his claim for more regular playing time. Ingram will return in the next game and it will be interesting to see how Stephenson is used once the full roster is back together. He does have the ability to contribute across the board on any given night but despite these most recent outings, he is still more of a deeper league option.
Stephenson had 23 points (10-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 131-113 victory over the Suns. In one of the more surprising performances of the season, Stephenson was dominant in Wednesday's comfortable victory. Put this one down to recent player suspensions and the opponent, and you have a recipe for success for the journeyman. The Lakers will face a much tougher opposition Thursday when they host the undefeated Nuggets. If we can see a performance like this again from Stephenson, then we might have to at least rethink things a little.
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