4. Damion Lee
While Damion Lee was often and unfairly referred to as simply Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law, the fact is that the 30-year-old played 20 minutes per game in what resulted as a championship-winning season.
That’s no mean feat for anyone, let alone someone like Lee who had to do it the hard way after going undrafted in 2016. He was a consistent part of Steve Kerr’s rotation for two seasons, and played an even bigger role during the Warriors’ disastrous 2019-20 campaign.
The 6’5″ wing would average 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 2021-22, shooting 33.7% from three-point range. While he had little impact during Golden State’s 2022 playoff run, some of his performances with the Phoenix Suns last season were quite remarkable.
Lee would average 20.4 minutes under Monty Williams, averaging 8.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He surprisingly turned into one of the most reliable three-point shooters in the league, nailing 44.5% of his attempts from beyond the arc last season.
The Warriors could have done with Lee at times in 2022-23, and they could do with him again based on their plans for the 14th roster spot. The franchise has been open about their desire to add an extra wing, with Lee presenting as a suitable candidate were he available.
If you compare him with those currently on training camp deals fighting for the position, he’d be by far the best option. Alas, Lee is back with the Suns where he’ll compete against the Warriors alongside the likes of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal.