Originally Posted by PMatic
The evolution of the league is going to make players like Lee obsolete or extinct. Can't spread the floor? Can't defend the basket? Can't rebound? Can't play then.
What hurts is failing to find a scenario in which David Lee fits. He can shoot, he can score off of a pick and roll around the basket, he sets a good screen and can rebound. His defensive shortcomings and lack of a three-point jumper – something that would have been sloughed off 20 years ago – tend to limit his contributions down to nil, once it’s all factored in. If that.
The forward isn’t hurting for money and he shouldn’t be nervous about securing another contract this summer, as he’ll get one. What he’s likely looking for is a consistent role, and home. He doesn’t want to be a one-year wonder, jumping from team to team throughout his mid-30s, sitting some nights and surprising in others with a second quarter scoring burst.
That’s understandable. Lee is likely aware that the pro game, through no fault of his own, may have passed him by. Every single statistic that goes beyond what you see in a box score rates him poorly. Brad Stevens is doing a wondrous job in Boston, and yet he’s the second brilliant coach in a row that has failed to make David Lee work.