Courtney Lee Should Have Bounce-Back Year Next Season for Boston Celtics

By Cody Williams
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The Boston Celtics had to fight adversity for the entirety of the 2012-2013 NBA season. The first hardship, and arguably the biggest of them all, was obviously when they lost their star point guard, Rajon Rondo, to a season-ending ACL injury. That caused them to have to make major adjustments, but they handled it quite well and still went on to make the NBA Playoffs.

Another thing that the Celtics had to battle through this season was the disappointing performances from their role players. They brought in Jason Terry to be an elite scorer off the bench, but he had obviously lost a step and underperformed all season. Another player that really didn’t meet expectations was Courtney Lee.

Lee appeared in 78 games for the Celtics this season and averaged 24.9 minutes per game of playing time. In that role he averaged 7.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from beyond-the-arc. However, Lee’s inconsistency and disappointing shooting year from long range caused the Celtics to largely take him out of the rotation later in the year and in the postseason.

Lee still has three years left on his contract and, based on this past season, that might seem like an eternity for the Celtics. However, there is a large possibility that Lee will have a bounce-back season this year and that this year was somewhat of an outlier. After all, Lee has shot over 40 percent from long range in three of his five NBA seasons and is still an elite defender. It’s quite likely that this year was just an off year for him. He may have disappointed in a rough year for the Celtics, but it’s definitely not time to give up hope that he can be an effective role player in Boston.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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