David Lee Questions...
Okay, I'm not from NY so I don't get to see Lee as often as many of you guys on the site.
But is Lee really a bad defender or is it that he just can't guard centers? If Lee left New York for Golden State and he played PF there, could he truly strive?
its not that hes a bad defender its that hes not as good of an athlete as some centers he faces up against like dwight... he doesnt have a great vertical so he doesnt get many blocks... he does manage a fair number of steals tho...
heres an interesting stat... david lee leads the knicks in basically every statistical category except blocks and threes...
Just saying, he wouldnt be a PF in GS, he would play C. And,
Lee's athleticism is not the problem. Laterally quickness and length are. He lacks both but I think he could be a decent power forward for GSW considering they play no defense and he would be more consistent than who they have playing now.
The Warriors have called up like 10 D-Leaguers this year, so ya an all-star PF would probably be pretty good for them. He is not a center, but he is a very good PF.
What makes you think he would play PF for the Warriors?? They start a 6'6 SF at PF in Magette. They have a 6'4 SF in Morrow. Lee would play C. Just like he does in NY, he would play C in Golden State..
He def could be a Centre for a run and gun team like Golden State. He is a great rebounder / passer. Remember D'antoni had Amare playing the 5 for a while and Lee is a much better post defender.
if he was 2 inches taller, he would be a top 15 player in the NBA
esperanzafleet69 wrote, "its not that hes a bad defender its that hes not as good of an athlete as some centers he faces up against like dwight... he doesn't have a great vertical so he doesn't get many blocks."
Excuse me, but David Lee is an outstanding leaper. That's why he did great things in various dunk contests earlier in his career. And one of the reasons he does so well on offense while playing center, is his mobility and quickness against opposing centers.
However on defense, it's just the opposite. Lee is only 6 ft 9, he doesn't have much length, and he isn't very strong. Therefore, big centers simply overpower him. In sum, against most teams, he's over matched while playing defense at the center position.
But David Lee as a PF changes the equation. Most of his shortcomings against centers, as described above, would be minimal at the PF position. And he would probably still have an advantage in quickness and mobility.
Having said that, anyway you look at it, Lee's a very poor defender
I don't think Lee would be much of a defender at PF either. He just doesn't have great defensive potential. Strength issues, height issues, good lateral quickness but some footwork/quickness issues with elite athletes and too over aggressive at times on the perimeter, putting him out of position. But he is an awesome rebounder and offensive player, and a great team player, and that makes him very valuable.
Flyboy, if you read my post above yours I think we essentially agree, Lee is pretty bad on defense. However, I was trying to make the point that his most significant defensive deficiencies when playing center area a lack of height, bulk, and length. Therefore he's almost always overpowered by NBA centers who are obviously bigger, stronger, and longer than him.
Playing PF won't make him a better defender, but he will be guarding guys who are around his size, thereby minimizing his defensive shortcomings that are so obvious when he plays center.