This week marked 2 milestone accomplishments in the careers of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson and Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten as they both notched the 1st triple-doubles in their very young careers. Both players have had a long road to even get to the NBA and have an opportunity and now that they are doing something with it is a joy to see.
Several seasons ago during a playoff game against the Miami Heat Lance Stephenson was clothes lined by former Heat Big man Dexter Pittman. Leading into last season this is exactly what Stephenson was most known by NBA fans for.
Its been a 4 year long and still going maturation process for the Brooklyn native but he seems to be getting comfortable in the league. Last year he proved himself to be one of the most dynamic players on one of the best teams in the NBA as the Pacers fell just 1 game short of reaching the NBA finals.
Stephenson plays like the typical New York city point guard fearless, tenacious and with toughness. At 6'5 230 pounds Lance Stephenson poses match up problems for just about anybody in the league with his combination of speed and power. “His talent is in incredible, when he plays well we in” said all-star power forward David West. Nothing could be truer then that statement by West when Lance enters the game you can just feel the dynamic of the Indiana Pacers change into something very different and very necessary.
Lance Stephenson is on triple-double watch with 8/9/8 at halftime as the #Pacers lead 46-39. RT to salute Lance! pic.twitter.com/eRxfeGY56R
— Tru School Sports (@TruSchoolSports) November 12, 2013
This season the Pacers are 9-0 with the best record in the NBA and one very big reason for that is Stephenson's play thus far as he is averaging 14.3 points, 5.8 assists. 5.9 rebounds. Very solid numbers for the former Lincoln high school star. Recently he notched the very first triple-double of his career as he notched 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 95-79 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Definitely one of the best moments in the career for a guy finding his role on a really good team- a contender.
Tony Wroten was one of the best guards in the country when he played at Washington and when drafted 25th overall by the Grizzlies many people felt that could be the steal of the draft for Memphis. The Grizzlies had a hard time finding him consistent minutes in the rotation where he could never find his rhythm last season.
Fast forward to the off season and he was traded to a young Philadelphia 76ers team where he would have a chance to get minutes and make a name for himself. Wednesday against the Houston Rockets he got a chance to start in place of the injured Michael-Carter Williams.
#Sixers Tony Wroten earns a triple-double in his 1st career start with 18/10/11 vs #Rockets. RT to salute Wroten! pic.twitter.com/V74uvIbwM6
— Tru School Sports (@TruSchoolSports) November 14, 2013
Wroten took full advantage of this by becoming the first player in NBA history to earn a triple-double in his very 1st start as he collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and all assists in 123-117 win over the Rockets at home. Wroten is a big reason that the Sixers are off to a surprising 5-5 start and very much in the eastern conference playoff picture.
These 2 players are both guys with lots of room to grow in their career but both have had a long way to get to where they are at and its good to see them taking full advantage of what their opportunities.