David Lee: The Most Underrated Fantasy Basketball Forward

By Adam McGill
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It seems every fantasy basketball season that power forward David Lee is continuously underestimated. He is always on the board in the fifth round, but yet he out produces half of the players taken before him on a yearly basis.

Any fantasy owner that has had the privilege of owning the Golden State Warrior at some point over the last couple seasons knows exactly what I am talking about. Lee is a relentless rebounder and an amazing jump shooter; two things that make him an ideal fantasy option at the four-spot.

The peer forward is scoring like a top shooting guard and is currently ninth in the league in scoring. He is averaging 20.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game this season and has played like a number one fantasy big man, despite being drafted as a second or third option.

Like most strong jump-shooting forwards, Lee is also a very reliable free throw shooter. He is shooting 79.6 percent from free throw line, which is utterly incredible from anyone that is power forward eligible. Most forwards kill fantasy owners with horrible free throw shooting, but Lee continues to be one of the exceptions to the rule.

Since coming to the City be the Bay, the 29-year-old is amazingly posting 18.8 points and 10.2 boards per game. He also has no foreseeable competition to get minutes on the paint, as Andrew Bogut has once again seen more time in the med room than on the court. Lee is the only option Golden State has down low, so expect him to rack up the points and boards down low night after night.

Lee may not make the NBA All-Star game this year, but he certainly deserves to be a fantasy All-Star in 2012.


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