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David Lee's Stats Have 'More Meaning' With Warriors Fast Start

David Lee has begun the season averaging 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

Lee has yet to play on a winning team during his NBA career with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors. 

The Warriors are currently 13-7.

"He's a heck of a player," Mark Jackson said of Lee. "I think he's the same David Lee, but he's winning."

"He's closing games with garbage plays, rebounds, big shots," Stephen Curry said. "He was probably seen as a stat-stuffer. I know last year and the year before, you'd look up and he'd have 28 and 15, and you're wondering how that happened. And we were losing. It adds more meaning to what he's doing when he's being productive in wins.

"When you're watching the game, you can see how much of an impact he has on the game on both ends of the floor. Without him, we're not 13-7."

Lee is on a six-year, $80 million contract and has often been criticized for posting empty stats.

"I don't care about numbers," Lee said. "I can get 30 points pretty much anytime I want. I get satisfaction from winning."

Via Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News
 

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