David Lee Signing Not As Bad As You Think
Response to Dubit’s post on David Lee not being the answer from Tanner.
Obviously Duncan, Gasol and Dirk are better than David Lee. Those guys are going to go the Hall of Fame. Aldridge is better (even though he’s had some pretty underwhelming seasons himself.) Griffin and Love are both better. I will not give you Randolph. You don’t get credit for dogging years, destroying teams and then “figuring it out” when you’re 30 and playing for a contract. Ibaka is a role player. Millsap and Scola are not better although they are both good. If you replace Lee with any of those last 3 the Warriors are not a better team. And what are the Warriors supposed to do, just hold out until they can get a guy better than LaMarcus Aldridge?
Would you argue that the Warriors are not better this year with Lee? Their record would be the same or better without him? So he has no impact?
Of course he isn’t a good fit on this team right now. No one is a good fit on this team right now. That’s the bad news. The good news is he can play basketball. You can build a team with him on it, unlike, say Biedrins. A defensive center next to Lee is a much better front court than a defensive power forward next to Biedrins. Not to mention big men who dominate defensively aren’t easy to come by. Saying we should have got one instead of Lee is fine but where is that guy? Tell me who was available that we passed on. That’s why we “overdrafted” Udoh, b/c those guys are hard to find. It’s a process. It’s frustrating to hear Lacob say fans should be patient but the facts are the cupboard was bare when he started. It’s going to take time. It sucks, but it is what it is. And make no mistake, Curry, Lee, Wright and Udoh is the foundation of this team. They should be able to move Monta and Biedrins to add better and more complimentary pieces to that core. And when Lee is playing the 2 man game with Curry instead of being the 3rd option he will be a more productive player, and when we have pieces around them and Udoh and Wright that fit better than Monta and Biedrins and whoever this will be a better team.
He is overpaid by a couple million dollars a year. Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson, who are both on Lee’s level, both got overpaid last year too. A lot of people are overpaid in the NBA. Brendan Haywood plays 17 minutes a game and got $55 million last year. A good player making 13 when he should be making 9 or 10 is not going to cripple a franchise, especially when there is no chance he will stop playing hard b/c he got paid. All this talk about the length of the contract is crazy. Good free agents don’t get 3 year deals. They get 5 or 6 year deals.
Lee isn’t the problem. And a good front office can make him part of the solution.