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A lot of Celtics fans would probably give Courtney Lee a "D" based on the expectations we all had for him coming into this season. But what some are failing to realize is that it is not all about offense with this kid. Sure, it would be nice to see him finally start hitting some threes as he has in the past, but there is more to the game than just making shots.
Let's realistically analyze Lee.
First of all, he is shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. That is absolutely fine, if not above average, for a guard. So this notion that he is not making shots at all is off-base. What people are remembering most are all of his missed treys, as he is only shooting 27.6 percent from three.
Being that Lee is a career 38.1 percent three-point shooter and considering that he has shot over 40 percent from there in his previous two seasons, the laws of probability assert that he will likely end up with a much better percentage by season's end.
What is very troubling, though, is that he has only attempted 10 free throws all season. That is unacceptable for someone who certainly has the ability to get to the basket.
Now, let's get to Lee's defense.
He has been outstanding in that area. He is constantly harassing opposing guards nearly the full length of the court, using his lightning quick hands to force turnovers and prove Boston with fast break opportunities.That is where his value has been thus far.So before you say Lee has been useless, go back and watch some tape of his defense. You'll probably change your tune then.
All things considered, Lee needs to step it up offensively. Given that he does have a track record of being a solid offensive player, he likely will. So relax.