Sunday, September 30, 2012

2012-2013 Player Profiles: Courtney Lee

Shooting Guard
26 Years Old
Courtney Lee is  one of the Celtics main additions in the off-season. The 26 year old shooting guard attended Western Kentucky University and has been a journeyman in the NBA since he was drafted in 2008. He's been with the Magic, Nets, and Rockets before joining his fourth team in five years when acquired by the C's in July.
He was brought in by Danny Ainge to bring in some depth to the 2-guard position. Since Ray Allen bounced down to South Beach, and Avery Bradley's shoulders are healing, Lee will start the year off as the starting guard  next to Rajon Rondo.
Doc Rivers is expecting a lot from Lee who has only averaged 10.0 ppg over his career but is very consistent. He can knock down the ball 3-ball and for the time being when he will be filling in for Bradley. He most likely be sitting down in the corner waiting for the penetration kick-out three pointer. Now if Lee shows that he can knock down that shot, a la Eddie House, he will make it very hard for Rivers to cut his minutes when Bradley returns. Also Lee is an athlete, he and Rondo on the fast break will be something that will certainly get Tommy out of his seat a few times a game.
(Yeah, he dunks on Lebron in this)
What I see happening for Lee in a Celtics uniform is to just keep the ship afloat while splitting time with fellow newcomer Jason Terry for the first few months of the season. He should fit nicely in with the C's  as a spot starter and a mainstay off the Celtics Bench.
Lee has shown in the past that he can handle the pressure of a big game surprising everyone with his performance in the playoffs as a rookie with the Orlando Magic.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Courtney Lee

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