David Lee Player Profile
David Lee should be on this list for the simple fact that Golden State fans don’t have to hold on to Latrell Sprewell being the last Warrior to be an all-star anymore. Lee finished the 2012-2013 season putting up 18.5 pts/game, 11.2 rebs/game, shooting an average of 52 percent from the field in the 79 games he played. In addition to his impressive numbers on the offensive end, Lee is known around the league for leaving it all on the floor. His heart and hustle was not an issue, and probably will never be one. His defense, however, brings his value down a fair amount.
Warriors fans have unfortunately become used to his lackluster post-defense, where he seems to play more of the role of a matador with his red cape than a defensive stalwart. His shot-blocking numbers continued to spiral downwards last season and even though he grabbed over eleven boards per game, GSW rebounded the ball better as a team when he was off the floor.
The bad defense and poor boxing-out skills should be acceptable when the player gives you that sort of production on offense. Keep in mind, Lee is also, without a doubt, one of the most supportive and energetic teammates in the league right now. All that would be kosher if it wasn’t for his contract – Lee is owed $44 million over the next 3 years. It was no surprise the Warriors shopped him around all summer; even less of a surprise that no other team showed any real interest.
Lee’s value will never again be at an all-star level like it was last year. The Warriors added Andre Iguodala in the off-season, letting us know that we’ll see plenty of small ball lineups with Barnes at the 4. They’d love to have Lee run the 5, but that’ll depend on how he matches up with the other team’s big. Lee’s defense alone doesn’t make his price tag worth its value, but there’s always something to say for someone who led the league with 56 double-doubles.