Green has had two solid seasons in the NBA but really unleashed his talents on a national-stage in the Warriors first round series against the Clippers.
Watch how in this clip above, Green sets a pick near halfcourt and Curry attacks the rim. Curry drives towards the rim and kicks it back out to Green for what could have been a wide-open three. In this video Green up-fakes and draws a foul near the rim, but it is merely the thought that he could shoot a three that allows him to get to the line. Lee is not a legitimate three-point shooting threat like Green, and instead of the pick-and-pop three pointer, the Lee/Curry pick-and-pop becomes a long two.
Lee provides the Warriors with more height and more size, but Green creates better floor spacing and a more up-tempo game speed.
If Green moves to the starting lineup, then Harrison Barnes would become the first bench wing player in the game which would probably bode well for his game. Green logged many minutes last season that were originally allocated to Barnes.
Lee though seems like the most logical fit in the starting lineup. Lee would struggle coming off the bench. He’s good at creating his shot, but he feeds off of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Green is more of a grinder, a banger. He is more physical and his game seems more tailor made for the Warriors second unit. Green may end up playing similar minutes to Lee, but Lee will likely remain in the starting unit.
Lee is a worse defender than Green and if Lee moved to the second unit, more pressure would be put on him defensively, a place where he struggles. Lee was one of the worst rim defenders in the league last season and although Green is undersized for his position, his strength and tenacity overcome his physical limitations.