27 February 2017

Can Stepheson Make All The Difference?

Alex Stepheson
Alex Stepheson was the first choice of the Meralco Bolts during the 2016 Commissioner's Cup where they ended on the top four with third choice Arinze Onuaku as reinforcement.

What if Stepheson did not accept another offer from the NBA D-League and instead joined the Bolts? Nobody can answer that, but at least this time everyone can watch what could have been after Stepheson is preparing to join Meralco in 1 March for the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.

Stepheson is a well-known player in high school basketball when he played for Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California and where he grabbed 20 or more rebounds in 16 games as a senior. But that's not all that he could do if one takes a look at his averaged of 17.0 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks as a junior.

The 29-year old played college basketball for the University of North Carolina with the Tar Heels. At the end of 2007–08 season, Stepheson decided to transfer to the University of Southern California, citing family illness. In 2009, he was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.

Stepheson played in the Reese's College All-Star Game, where he had 6.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. He also played in the Portsmith Invitational Tournament, where he averaged 8.0 point and 10.0 rebounds over three games.

After going undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft, Stepheson began his professional career in Greece, with the Greek League club Panionios. During the 2011–12 season, he averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 21 games in the Greek League. Stepheson subsequently missed the entire 2012–13 season due to an injury he suffered with Panionios.

After several stint overseas, the 6-foot-10 Stepheson joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2015 NBA Summer League. He also signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. However, he was waived on October 24 after appearing in three preseason games.

Later that year, he made his debut with Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League in a 98–95 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, recording 13 points, 17 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes. On 29 January 2016, he was named in the East All-Star team for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game after averaging 15.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 34.3 minutes in 26 games.

On 20 February 2016, Stepheson signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers where he scored his first basket on a tip-in against the Phoenix Suns and also his first block after rejecting Jon Leuer. Following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, the Clippers parted ways with Stepheson.

After shunning the Bolts offer, Stepheson spent the rest of the year with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). A few months later, he has accepted the new offer from Meralco.

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