Every championship team needs that player who isn't afraid to do the dirty work. Whether that be guarding the other team's best player or grabbing rebounds down low, every contribution matters.
Rob Pelinka clearly saw potential in Lance Stephenson when he signed him to the Lakers. Apparently, he saw more potential than anyone else on the planet.
Pelinka compares Lance Stephenson on LeBron's team to Rodman on Jordan's team and Metta World Peace on Kobe's team.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 11, 2018
This is almost laughable.
Lance is exactly like Rodman, in that he says and does weird things. Lance is exactly like Metta World Peace, in that he can piss off opposing players so much they want to fight him.
Other than that, I don't see many similarities. To be fair, Lance is a good player, and he certainly is battle tested, as Pelinka noted.
#Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on Lance Stephenson: “It’s incredibly exciting to have Lance join our team. Lance is playoff-tested and will bring a certain edge, confidence and toughness to our roster."— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) July 10, 2018
For his regular-season career, Stephenson has averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3 assists on 44.6 percent shooting from the field. For his playoff career, he's averaged 11.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists on 44.8 percent shooting from the field.
So, he has raised his game when the playoffs come around. But, come on Rob Pelinka. Lance has never won anything, really.
Metta World Peace has an NBA championship, was an All-Star and All-NBA member once and was a four-time member of the All-Defensive first team.
Rodman blows Lance out of the water. Here are some of his accolades: Two-time NBA champion, two-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA member, eight-time All-Defensive First Team member and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
So, while Lance is a good player and does raise his game in big moments, he is nothing like Metta World Peace or Dennis Rodman. Maybe LeBron will make him better, but he still won't be as good as those two guys.