Suddenly, all the talk about trading David Lee has magically gone on silent.
That’s because the Golden State Warriors power forward has returned to his All-Star form, and was commended by being named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 30 through Jan. 5.
@MarkJackson13 Thanks Coach!!!
— David Lee (@Dlee042) January 6, 2014
Lee averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in four games last week, and the Warriors were victorious in all four of them. In fact, the Warriors are currently riding a nine game win-streak, including their last five on the road.
For the season, Lee is par for the course based on his career stats, averaging 19.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists through 36 games. He started the season slow, and many fans and writers called for the Warriors to trade him and his big contract. They claimed that he was a liability on the defensive end, and if he wasn’t contributing above-average numbers on the offense end, then he was doing more harm than good on the court.
Now, the attitude surrounding Lee is much different in this “what have you done for me lately” society. Just because he isn’t flashy like Stephen Curry or a huge free-agent acquisition like Andre Iguodala doesn’t mean he isn’t pivotal to the Warriors’ success. Throughout the past week and for the last several weeks, he’s come back to form and showed the Warriors what his worth truly is.
Plus, they’ve won nine games in a row for the first time since 1975. Is someone actually going to complain about anything regarding the Warriors right now?