Golden State Warriors’ David Lee: Offensive Numbers Worth Defensive Struggles?

November 2nd, 2010 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
In the ever changing world that is Golden State Warriors basketball, the team's brass  once again shook up the landscape of the club over the offseason. This time, however, the move wasn't entirely met with questions and disagreements from the general public.

In early July, the Warriors sent uber-promising prospect Anthony Randolph, versatile but injured swingman Kelenna Azubuike and Mr. Energy Ronny Turiaf to the New York Knicks in exchange for All-Star—granted, injury replacement, Eastern Conference All-Star—David Lee. The team promptly locked up the 27-year-old to a six-year, $80 million contract.

Unlike Warriors moves of the past—including dismantling virtually all of their 2007 playoff team that upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks—this move wasn't met with complete loss and abandonment. Well, not entirely at least.

Lee has played as advertised in his first three games with his new club. He's good for about 15 points and 10 rebounds a night—solid production, but not what one would hope for with a $13.33 million a year investment.

And there's no reason to think Lee has a lot ...

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