When David Lee signed with the Golden State Warriors he along with Andris Biedrins were going to make one of the better rebounding tandems in the NBA. Yet, that did not happen. The 2012-2013 is a different story with a healthy Andrew Bogut who came over from the Milwaukee Bucks in March.
In 57 games Lee had 27 double-doubles and a triple-double. Scored a season high 31 points against the MinnesotaTimberwolves, grabbed 16 rebounds twice in losses to the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats, and dished out 10 assists which also happened when he recorded the triple-double against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Overall in 2011-2012 he averaged 20.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, on 50.3 percent shooting and 78.2 percent from the free throw line.
His strengths are his mid-range jumper, rebounding skills, able to finish with either hand effectively around the basket and his passing ability. Weaknesses include defense, at time will let his emotions get to him, which result in him picking up cheap fouls.
Having Bogut in the low-post allows for head coach Mark Jackson to play Lee in the high-post. It allows for the offense to swing the ball around to an open shooter which Brandon Rush, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are all great shooters. Bogut will either get the opportunity to score in the post if no double team comes and if it does come it means an open look for Lee.
An added benefit of having two capable big men in the lineup is that the Warriors now can slow the pace of the game down instead of always looking at getting the ball down the court before the defense gets set. Running will now be done selectively and if it’s not there can wait to set the offense up.
Expect a season of 18-20 points, 9-11 rebounds, 3-4 assists, on 50-52 percent shooting and 80-82 percent from the free throw line.
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