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Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson has been a revelation in the passing game in 2013-14.
For the 2013-14 Indiana Pacers, it's all about different players rising to the occasion.
Case No. 1: George Hill, who is shooting just 40.3 percent from the field, has upped his blocks and steals averages to career highs of 0.5 and 1.2, respectively.
Case No. 2: Luis Scola, as previously mentioned, has adjusted well to his new role off the bench after being a starter during his first six pro seasons. He is currently shooting a respectable 51 percent.
Case No. 3: David West focuses on other aspects of his game if he can't get it going on offense. When he shot 4-of-13 against the New York Knicks on Nov. 20, he snagged 10 rebounds.
When he produced a 35.7 percent shooting clip against the Utah Jazz on Dec. 4, he dished out eight assists.
Both of those games ended up in the win column for Indiana.
A bigger case can stated for Lance Stephenson, who has all but made Danny Granger an afterthought. Stephenson continues to display an impressive all-around game that is made even better by his much-improved passing skills.
As a matter of fact, "Born Ready" came up big yet again on Dec. 13 against the Charlotte Bobcats when Paul George struggled on 2-of-12 shooting.
Stephenson's stat line for that game: 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
All in all, this is an Indiana Pacers squad that is deep, versatile, disciplined and hungry. Any player can rise to the occasion on any given night.
That is why Indy is the NBA's best team.