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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:04 pm
I was wondering how long you think Lee could be an effective power forward for us. No Lee is not old- but at almost 30, Lee is a bit older than the young pieces we have in Thompson and Barnes who are in their early 20's. A lot of people think that Lee seems younger, probably because this is the first time he is helping a winning team. I do know that Lee's game was never built upon athleticism, but more finesse. He is also extremely durable and stays in better shape then we give him credit for.

But guys like pau gasol are only 32 and look completely worn down. Then again Kobe at 34 is still holding. So do you think lee will be good long enough to play with Barnes and Thompson as they start to reach the beginnings of their prime? Would be unfortunate for them to never all be able to play near their best with one another. On one hand this is a minor concern but on the other I think lee is Gonna last longer than other power forwards just because of his style.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:18 pm
In the NBA, it's not about age, it's about mileage. Gasol came into the league in 2001, at age 21. I wouldn't exactly say he's on the decline; more like a bad season. But a guy like, say, Jermaine O'Neal... Yeah, his career was over at age 30 because he came straight out of high school and was already 13 years in the league by that time. Lee is not the same; he spent 4 years at Florida getting his degree and only entered the league at age 22. He's a product of the 2005 draft class, same as Monta Ellis, Chris Paul, Deron Williams... Players who, clearly, are not close to their declining years.

So, even though Lee is 29, he's only served 7 years in the league. It's predictable that he'll be an effective player for another 7-10 years, based on his style of play... And he won't stop being a 20 and 10 machine for at least 3 more seasons. Because of that, yes, I'd say he's a good piece to have with Barnes and Thompson.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:08 pm
Yep, 32 nailed it. Style of play and mileage. Guys like Curry and Lee will last forever barring major injuries because of their style of play and mileage. They rely on the technical aspects of the game. It's not like Amare or Smith that rely on their athleticism.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:35 pm
Blackfoot wrote:Yep, 32 nailed it. Style of play and mileage. Guys like Curry and Lee will last forever barring major injuries because of their style of play and mileage. They rely on the technical aspects of the game. It's not like Amare or Smith that rely on their athleticism.
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32 wrote:In the NBA, it's not about age, it's about mileage. Gasol came into the league in 2001, at age 21. I wouldn't exactly say he's on the decline; more like a bad season. But a guy like, say, Jermaine O'Neal... Yeah, his career was over at age 30 because he came straight out of high school and was already 13 years in the league by that time. Lee is not the same; he spent 4 years at Florida getting his degree and only entered the league at age 22. He's a product of the 2005 draft class, same as Monta Ellis, Chris Paul, Deron Williams... Players who, clearly, are not close to their declining years.

So, even though Lee is 29, he's only served 7 years in the league. It's predictable that he'll be an effective player for another 7-10 years, based on his style of play... And he won't stop being a 20 and 10 machine for at least 3 more seasons. Because of that, yes, I'd say he's a good piece to have with Barnes and Thompson.



That seems right, but doesn't playing hard in the NCCA put a similar stress on the body? Those guys play pretty hard.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:30 pm
Not as many games and against smaller competition.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:39 am
Blackfoot wrote:Yep, 32 nailed it. Style of play and mileage. Guys like Curry and Lee will last forever barring major injuries because of their style of play and mileage. They rely on the technical aspects of the game. It's not like Amare or Smith that rely on their athleticism.



Well said, Lee is technically skilled and smart, not relying on his body and athleticism so much. Think he can stay at about his current level for some four or five years and that will allow the team to be among the best in the West for that duration at least.

Imagine with Klay and Barnes much improved in three years how good this team will be.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:56 pm
Lee's game, as others have mentioned, isn't based on his athleticism or speed. He's just a guy with great skills and that can carry you a long way. Not saying he's Tim Duncan, but TD is 36 years old and still going strong. Lee has 3 years left on his contract and when it does expire, he'll be 33 years old. We'll have to see what he's like in his last year. If he's still a 20 and 10 guy, then by all means, re-sign him to long term deal and let him finish his career here.

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