Former Lakers Star Makes a Return to the NBA for a Different Team

Published 10/23/2021, 9:56 PM EDT
Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, February 6, 2021 – Lakers teammates enjoy their pregame ritual before taking on the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Former Lakers star Lance Stephenson has returned to the NBA as he got drafted into the G-League as the 13th overall pick. He last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019 before leaving for the Chinese Basketball Association. Stephenson played for the Liaoning Flying Leopards in the 2019-20 season. Considering that he is still only 31 years old, he has a lot to offer to this league.

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In China, Stephenson averaged 26.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. And he has now returned to the NBA with Denver Nuggets’ G-League affiliate Grand Rapids Gold.

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Los Angeles Lakers star returns with the Denver Nuggets

The Grand Rapid Golds have agreed to give Lance Stephenson another chance to earn his way into the NBA. Especially after a shaky first stint that saw a rather inconsistent display for various teams. However, his experience from the NBA would definitely be useful for the Golds. Stephenson has already played 9 seasons in the league. However, he did that with 7 different teams including the Lakers‘ LA rivals, the Clippers, and the Indiana Pacers.

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In China, he helped his team reach the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 and was named the most valuable player of the league. Consequent to his leadership performance with the Leopards, Stephenson has finally made his way back to a trajectory where he could see himself playing in the league soon.

Lance Stephenson’s insane celebrations including signature move

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While Lance might not have had a drastic impact on any team’s championship ambitions, he brings a sense of confidence with him on the court. And he lets his opposition teams know about his confidence on the court with his signature Air Guitar celebration among others.

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The NBA saw Lance’s most famous celebration when he broke Jeff Green’s ankles in a game against the Washington Wizards. That celebration was easily one of the most memorable highlights of Lance’s career in the NBA. Do you think he will have the same impact on the floor in his second stint at the NBA? Or is he washed out now? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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