In three pre-season games this season, starting power forward David Lee looks to have a career year for the New York Knicks. He is averaging 20.5 points a game while pulling down 12 boards. Last year, Lee declined from his solid 2006 season in which he averaged a double-double to averaging 10 and eight.
This year Knicks' fans are expecting a lot out of this four year man from Florida. Much of the pressure put on Jamal Crawford last year to carry the team has moved onto Lee. Knicks' fans want Lee to be the center of the franchise and are hoping for a Boozer type player out of him. They want him to score, rebound, block, assist, and, along with Crawford, help the Knick win the title.
That is a lot of pressure to put on only a fourth year guy drafted 30th overall. It is hard enough to deal with the off the court drama between former coach Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury, along with the heat to succeed in New York. Even with the distractions, David Lee will be a great player and exactly what Knicks' fans are hoping for. I see him as a 20 and 12 guy and being an all-star in the 2010 season.
This offseason, Lee has been working hard to find a jump shot to fit into Dantoni's offense. He will play the role Stoudemire played in Phoenix. He will need to rebound, outlet, and shoot. He can already rebound and outlet, but shoot?
Yes, he can shoot too. As displayed in the summer league and pre-season, Lee now has a jumper and is shooting an astounding 74% from the field. I'm not making any promises for this season, but if Lee can post 17+ points and 10+ rebounds, along with Crawford, the Knicks should be able to slip into the eighth seed in the East with a 39-43 record.