Why David Lee is Not the Golden State Warriors’ Game Changer

January 11th, 2011 by Jeff Carillo Leave a reply »
I'll begin by saying yes, David Lee had to endure one of the more disgusting injuries in recent memory. Having a tooth lodged into your shooting elbow and having a hole in it for three weeks cannot be fun. By all accounts, though, he is healthy now, and his conditioning is back near game level.

The Warriors are roughly halfway through the season, so it's safe to provide a rough evaluation of Lee's performance thus far with Golden State. After watching him play, Lee has proven to be nothing more than just a good player on a mediocre team. He is not the dynamic free agent who was supposed to change the makeup of the Warriors, and he is definitely not the power forward Warrior fans have craved since Chris Webber's departure ages ago.

Don't get me wrong, I like Lee's game, and I believe he's a great complementary player. He hustles on the floor, and by all accounts is a good locker room guy and leader. However, the circumstances surrounding his acquisition and the max contract he signed this past offseason only lead me to conclude that Lee has been a bust as a Warrior.

During the offseason, Warriors fans listened to  ...

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