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Lamar Stevens
Lamar Stevens
Position: F
Born: 07/09/97
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $1,517,981
“He showed up every single day to work,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of Lamar Stevens. “He plays with a grit and tenacity that everyone has to respect. He’s a team-first guy. He works his tail off. And he’s proven that he belongs in this league. Coming from a two-way position, earning the respect of his teammates, other players around the league, the coaching staff and front office. It’s a credit to him and the hard work that he’s put in.”
What has your first NBA season been like? Lamar Stevens: “I think for me it’s been just a lot of learning. Just trying to be a sponge because everything happens so fast for me — really I think for all the rookies without summer league, a shortened training camp and jumping right into the season. It’s just been trying to adjust, trying to learn as much as you can really, really fast. Luckily I have great vets and great coaches that have really spent a lot of time in helping speed up my process. I would say the biggest thing for me is just trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can.”
With each performance like Friday’s, Stevens continues to earn Bickerstaff’s trust. And with the small forward spot currently in flux — Windler on a cold streak, Cedi Osman continuing to struggle, Taurean Prince sidelined with an injured shoulder — Stevens gets closer to having his two-way contract converted, something sources say has already been discussed. “Being in my position, coach called me in and to do any job is an honor,” Stevens said. “Just do it with pride. I’m really confident in my scoring ability. That’s never really wavered for me. It’s just continuing to grow my game and I can’t really put a cap on that.”