David Lee is one of the polarizing guys for barstool pundits in the NBA. Half the people think he can’t defend, has benefited from Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun (even if the pace-factored stats suggest otherwise), and simply isn’t that good. His supporters think that he possesses a unique set of skills you rarely see in the league.
The debate will continue this summer when Lee is an unrestricted free agent (again). But Lee’s agent got a mighty big highlight clip to throw at teams last night.
Take that ability augmented by D’Antoni’s offense and stir in a dash of Golden State’s horrific defense? You’ve got a recipe for history.
Lee went off for 37 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a loss(!) to the Warriors last night.
Let that sink in for a second.
It was the first time since the ABA Merger in 1976 to score 37, grab 20 boards, and dish 10 dimes. I don’t care who that is, that’s an impressive triple double. Think of all the amazing players we’ve seen since the merger. No one has done what Lee did last night. And it was wasted in a loss. At some point you have to get past context and pace and recognize something, though. There’s no way Lee’s performance last night didn’t help the Knicks. He just needs to wind up on a team where he can contribute to a winner.