Golden State Warriors’ David Lee Still Isn’t an All-Star, Despite Elite Stats

December 25th, 2012 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
As David Lee's stats continue to hold stead and the Golden State Warriors hold steady as a viable playoff contender in the Western Conference, the case for Lee to be an All-Star is starting to pick up quite a bit of steam.

There are a lot of positives surrounding Lee's nice start, but has his offense been good enough to outweigh the negative that his defense brings?

It's an interesting conversation to have, and it really puts a spotlight on exactly what is viewed as more important by the fans, offense or defense.

Obviously, offense is an easier skill to measure. There are a ton of categories that give insight into how good a player a person is on offense. Between points, shooting percentages, assists, offensive rebounds, turnovers and even into the advanced metrics like effective and true shooting percentages.

We can't statistically see how good a player is at setting screens, tipping out rebounds, generating "hockey assists," or simply moving without the ball.

Defensively, we can really only get specific instances in which a player was effective on defense. Steals, blocks and defensive rebounds are the only things that we can ...

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