David Lee has long been considered the odd man out for the Golden State Warriors by many observers and a trade candidate due to his massive contract and the team's success in playing with a small ball lineup.
But Lee has played well of late and the Warriors' starting lineup has scored nearly 118 points per 100 possessions.
“Our starting lineup is off the charts in terms of points and points allowed per possession,” general manager Bob Myers said. “And to assume you can replace someone who is a part of that — well, you don’t just replace someone like that. A lot of his detractors have been proven patently wrong, and they should admit they jumped the gun.”
Myers admits that Mark Jackson can do more to experiment with various lineup combinations, such as playing Andrew Bogut as the long big.
“We can improve as far as playing together, and finding out more about which lineups work and which don’t,” said Myers.