We’re profiling every player on the Celtics roster before training camp begins. Today it’s Courtney Lee.
6-feet-5-inches, 200 pounds, 26-years-old
2012/13 salary: $5 million
Strengths: Lee is a solid 3-point shooter (40 percent last season) and is particularly adept at the corner three. He’s not content to stay on the perimeter, and his ability to get to the basket will open up a dimension not often seen from the Celtics reserve players. He’s also an above-average defender.
Room to improve: We may already know the best of Courtney Lee. This is his fourth NBA team in five seasons, and he has a career average of exactly 10 points. He doesn’t fill the stat sheet (2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game last season) as much as a player at the next level.
Projections for 2012/13: 74 games, 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Outlook: Along with Jason Terry, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Chris Wilcox, Lee gives the Celtics more depth than they’ve had in quite some time. He can start if needed, and he can bring a dynamic offensive game off the bench, a place where the Celtics have been limited. With Avery Bradley sidelined until at least December, Lee may fill a starting role to begin the season.