Malcolm Lee is attempting to resurrect a short career that has been damaged by several injuries and surgeries. After being traded to the Phoenix Suns, Lee will do everything he can to make the final roster and be an impact player for the team.
Lee, who was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, has played in 35 games (12 starts) over a two-year span for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, injuries have certainly taken their toll as he has undergone a total of five surgeries in two years, including two surgeries on each knee.
The Suns are hoping the 23-year-old is capable of overcoming the injuries and become a difference maker for the team. There is no question Lee has the talent to be a contributor on the court, it is just whether his body will allow him to consistently play at a high level.
“Hopefully, once I start doing some agility stuff on the court; I think I’ll still have my athleticism,” Lee said, according to USA Today Sports. “I haven’t run in forever, though. I’m just trying to strengthen these bad boys up so I can stay healthy and start making a name for myself.”
As of right now, Lee is the third point guard on Phoenix’s unofficial depth chart. The good news for him is that the Suns are a rebuilding team that will keep anyone on the 15-man roster who shows the ability to be a top-notch performer. However, he will certainly have to prove that he can remain healthy, which means being ready for when camp opens up on Sept. 30.
Lee has averaged 4.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in his career while shooting 38.5 percent from the field.