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so Courtney Lee is an UFA...

Would he be more worth the MLE than Ray Allen? He is younger and a good defender/3 point shooter (better defensively than Ray, good but not as great as Ray on 3 pointers)

from Hollinger's analysis on ESPN:

+ Athletic, committed defender who can reliably contain opposing wing players.

+ Corner 3-point shooter with limited ball skills. Good leaper and finisher.

+ Shies away from contact on drive and rarely draws fouls. Rarely goes left.

Lee's production has been remarkably consistent given that he's been on three teams in three years. Last season his 3-point stroke recovered, as he nailed 40.8 percent, and between that and his solid defense he's made himself a valuable role player. Now he just needs to take more of them. Lee took too many long 2s last season and made only 34.7 percent of them, hurting his overall line; fewer than a third of his shots were 3s, but that's his bread and butter.

Lee is also an athletic finisher, especially going right and in transition, but he's not as effective in halfcourt settings because he won't take a hit. As a result, Lee's free throw rate is consistently well below the norm for his position.

Defensively, Lee is very solid -- a good athlete who competes and knows what he's doing. At 6-5 and 200 pounds, he can't match up against the biggest wings, but against virtually any 2 he's a capable defender who is able to guard without fouling. He'll likely never improve much from this point, but he'll stay in the league for a decade because his skill set -- a 3-point shooter who can guard the wings -- is in so much demand.


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