Grading David Lee’s 2012-13 Season

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Intangibles

The Lee-Curry duo may be the most choir boy-esque tandem in the NBA. The example these two set for their younger teammates helped to create the team chemistry we hear and talk so much about. In addition, Lee is one of the players to comment when the team did not perform as expected. His prior dealings with the New York media shows up when he was addressing questions regarding performance, not only with himself, but with the team.

Apr 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (left) watches the game from the bench with shooting guard Kent Bazemore (20) in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Along with that, his connection with the fans during games and through social media has made him a Bay Area favorite (also to Joe Lacob).

But for Lee, he leads by example and is inspirational to his teammates. His actions speak louder than any of his comments to media. Case in point, after tearing his hip flexor, he acted as the in-game adrenaline boost for the Dubs by making appearances in multiple playoff games following the injury. He was the “Willis Reed Mode” that gave the Dubs an extra boost in many games, such as the close out game against the Nuggets.

Lee did not make an impact in the box score, but his presence was felt throughout the arena. So for that, Lee gets high marks. His character is also something that Dubs paid for with that massive contract, and he is more than returning a profit on that investment.

Grade: A

 

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