David Lee's defense has always been a topic of derision, with some users on RealGM's forums calling him _avid Lee.

Lee's defense was also the subject of a paper at the Sloan conference on interior defense by Kirk Goldsberry that was called 'The Dwight Effect'.

Goldsberry showed tape of several particularly egregious defensive possessions by Lee, which drew laughs from the audience.

“At this point I could care less," said Lee when asked about the paper. "I’ve worked hard to improve my defense. I think I’m a much better defensive player today than I was a year ago and definitely to start my career. There’s a lot of different numbers to support a lot of different things. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say me putting up 20 and 10 doesn’t matter because ‘numbers don’t matter,’ but at the same time, ‘charts at MIT matter.’ You can’t have it both ways.”