Golden State Warriors 2013-14 Player Grades: David Lee

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David Lee

Apr 27, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) grabs a rebound during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 118-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Overview:

The Golden State Warriors’ season came to a disappointing end, complete with a first-round playoff exit and the firing of head coach Mark Jackson. But this 51-win team still had a good year, so it’s time to take a look back on the 2013-14 season and evaluate how everyone performed.

We’ve already taken a look at backup point guard Steve Blakedefensive anchor Andrew BogutHarrison Barnes‘ disappointing sophomore campaignJordan Crawford‘s disappointing production off the bench, Marreese Speight’s average yearJermaine O’Neal‘s time as an elite backup centerDraymond Green‘s underrated season and Klay Thompson‘s solid year.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at David Lee, who would probably be viewed much differently if he weren’t making $15 million a year. Although “Ole!” is probably the best word to describe his defense, Lee is a regular double-double threat who finds ways to score in the paint over and around bigger, quicker and stronger defenders. He’s not much of an athlete, but Lee has a nose for the basket and you could probably do a lot worse at the power forward position without factoring in that overpriced contract.

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