03 March 2017

Bolts Deserves Stepheson

Alex Stepheson
With the Meralco Bolts ousted early in the PBA Philippine Cup and force to wait for the next conference, that also means they have more time scouting for a more suitable import. Last year, import Arinze Onuaku helped the Bolts reached the Final Four. In the next conference, expectations are high that the team reinforcement, Alex Stepheson, can do the same thing or even more.

Stepheson, being undrafted out of USC, played his first fours years as a professional basketball player overseas. While overseas, Stepheson reminded scouts back home of his uncanny rebuilding ability.

In the 2014-2015 season Stepheson had arguably his best season as a pro playing for the Istanbul BB. While there, he averaged 12.3 points per game along with 9.2 rebounds per game.

After his encouraging season in Turkey, the Memphis Grizzlies signed Stepheson for the 2015-2016 season. After three preseason games, the Grizzlies decided to waive him. Not long after, Stepheson was claimed by the Iowa Energy, where he has thrived.

His 2015-2016 D-League stats: 31 games, 34.2 mpg, 15.9 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.5 spg, 1.4 bpg, 20.3 PER, .579 FG%, .486 FT%

His NBA stats: 8 g, 9.1 mpg, 2.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.1 spg, 0.6 bpg, 14.8 PER, .333 FG%, .333 FT%

Will Stepheson end up being a bust? With his first D-league season under his belt, Stepheson is likely feeling pretty confident. But after what was a solid season, is Stepheson ready? Will the Bolts have a breakout conference?

After averaging a double-double with the Energy last season and being name to the All NBA D-League First Team, Stepheson played two 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Clippers. After the Clippers and Stepheson parted ways, the Grizzlies quickly signed him with their own 10-day contract. Stepheson impressed while with the Grizzlies, posting his first NBA double-double on 14 March.

Stepheson has made a solid case for now.

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