May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (right) during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

Golden State Warriors: David Lee vs. Zach Randolph

Both David Lee and Zach Randolph are two of the best power forwards in the NBA. Both are seasoned NBA players having played in more than 12,000 NBA games combined over the course of their two careers.  But who is currently the better player of the two? Both have very similar rebounding numbers. Randolph averages 9 boards per game compared to Lee, who averages 10. The graph on the left shows Lee’s offensive rebounding production and the graph on the right shows Randolph’s.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 9.28.12 AMTheir offensive rebounding production is nearly identical. Lee collects one offensive board in 16.5 percent of his games, compared to Z-Bo’s 16.1. Lee collects four in 15.1 percent of his games played compared to Z-Bo’s 16.4 percent. Lee collects six offensive boards in 5.3 percent of his games played compared to Z-Bo, who collects six boards in 5.6 percent of his games played.

Lee averages a higher shooting percentage than Randolph. Lee averages 54 percent compared to Randolph’s 47 percent. Randolph though makes on average more field goals per game than Lee. For the Grizzlies, Randolph is a more focal point of their offense. They look to him on a ton of postups and rely on his ability to play with his back to the basket. Lee has been a key figure in the Warriors offensive system in the past, but with Andre Iguodala’s arrival this offseason, Lee is likely to see less minutes. Lee saw a slight decrease in minutes last year, and will likely play between 30-33 minutes per game this season. In 76 games of action, Randolph played on average 34.3 minutes per game, a decrease from his last healthy NBA season, 2010-11, where he averaged 36.3 minutes per game. Randolph averages almost three more shot attempts per game than Lee and is a far more active offensive player than Lee. Lee averages almost an assist more per game than Zandolph and is the superior passer of the two.


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 The Lee graph illustrates that Lee, has four or more assists in 23.8 percent of his games played compared to Randolph who has four or more assists in only 12.1 percent of his games played. While Randolph is more important to his current team, Lee is currently the better player of the two of them.

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