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Courtney Lee: Strengths and Weaknesses

Lee was the last major piece of the puzzle.
Lee was the last major piece of the puzzle.

I meant to link to this a couple of days ago, but ...well, sometimes I just forget things these days. I'm over 35, so just like KG and Pierce, there are days when I have it and days when,... where are my keys?

Anyway, if you were looking for a quick scouting report on Courtney Lee, who better to talk to than a blogger that covers the Rockets? Our friend Gethin Coolbaugh of SBNation Boston talked to our other friend Tom Martin of The Dream Shake, and while you can read the whole thing at the link below, here's an excellent look at Lee's strengths and weaknesses.

Courtney Lee Trade: What The Boston Celtics Are Getting In Lee - SB Nation Boston

Strengths: Terrific athlete, can finish in transition with ease. Great three-point shooter, especially in the corners -- he led the league in corner threes (either the overall volume or just percentage, can't remember which) last season and shoots 40% overall from deep. Very effective pull-up jumper off one dribble. He's a great teammate and never ran into any problems as a Rocket in the locker room or off the court. He's also a top-tier wing defender and can give smaller forwards and guards tons of problems.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have a great handle and is not effective in isolation. He can get bullied on defense by bigger players in the post. He's aggressive when he needs to be, but he's not someone who will give you anything more than a solid lift - you shouldn't depend on him to carry anything.

Personally I'm most excited about pairing him with the other guards on our squad. Put him in the starting lineup and watch him run with Rondo. Put him next to Bradley and let them run a full court press. Put him on the court with Terry and watch the court magically spread out, leaving the paint wide open for cutters or post ups.

I have a feeling Doc is going to have fun with this.

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