Following five seasons with the Pacers, Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Hornets. Stephenson has struggled during his first year in Charlotte, averaging 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 37.7% shooting from the field and 16.0% on three pointers.
He was removed from the starting lineup in January after he missed 14 games with a pelvic strain and did not play in Monday’s loss to the Celtics.
Despite his disappointing season, Stephenson said he is doesn’t regret signing with the Hornets.
"Not at all," Stephenson said. "I love this system. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. Some people come into systems and fit right in. Some people it takes time. I feel like with me, I'm going to take time."
During his final season in Indiana, Stephenson had five triple-doubles during the regular season and another triple-double in the playoffs. He nearly made the All-Star team and averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 49.1% from the field and 35.2% from beyond the arc.
The Hornets, 31-42, are currently eleventh in the Eastern Conference. They are two games behind the Nets for the final playoff spot with nine games remaining.
- Paul Palladino