[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] was ranked 11th in season FIC and 'deserved' to make a salary of $18.1M in 2008-09. Generously, I think he is worth half that much, approximately $9M per season. So in honor of 42 being reduced in value two times, here are 21 reasons why the Knicks shouldn't go crazy trying to keep [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
1. There is no player on the Knicks' roster worth keeping if it means compromising the odds of signing you know who.
2. The Knicks were a net 1.8 points per 100 possessions better without [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] during the 2008-09 season, with the difference being defensively.
3. As Lee's usage rate has increased, his offensive rating has declined in each of the past two seasons after topping out at 127 in 06-07. It decreased to a still very solid 118 this season, which was 14th in the NBA.
4. His propensity to shoot jumpers increased this season and his eFG% was just 35.2%, compared to 44.5% for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], 41.6% for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and 41.6% for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
5. How will LeBron, Gallinari and Lee effectively share the floor together, particularly on defense?
6. While he is an efficient offensive player, his scoring is almost entirely predicated on assisted opportunities, with 64% of his inside shots and 75% of his jumpers (each on the very high end of the NBA).
7. A pairing of Lee and Galinari at the two forward positions will be the NBA's worst defensive pairing outside of when [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] played those positions for Golden State.
8. He is clearly a rebound stat padder; there is virtually no difference in how effectively the Knicks rebound with or without him on the floor.
9. The difference between his defensive rebound percentage and offensive percentage, further suggest he wouldn't be such a prolific rebounder if he played for another club.
10. If the Knicks are able to sign a second max player in 2010, there is a chance that the player will be either [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
11. He's no David Wright.
12. Lee has only blocked 94 shots in 8040 career minutes, which works out to be one for every 86 minutes of floor time. There will never be any talk about avoiding Signor Bargnani's neighborhood, but he had 97 blocks last season alone.
13. He is not an especially skilled passer.
14. The Knicks have posted 111 wins and 217 losses over the four seasons off Lee's tenure with the club. To his credit, Lee has certainly had more to do with the 111 wins than the 217 losses.
15. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] could only muster $58.5 million over five years from the Grizzlies as a restricted free agent last summer on a day in which the Dow Jones closed at 11,782.35.
16. The majority of Lee's offense comes on pick and rolls to the bucket.
17. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s extension was worth $60M over five-years.
18. Lee is not a reliable offensive threat in the low-post, scoring mainly on pick and slip situations.
19. Lee's Roland Rating (82games.com statistic developed by Roland Beech) was -0.8, which was behind [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Overall, Lee was ranked 135th out of the 198 players that played a minimum of 35% of team minutes.
20. At the end of the season, Mike D'Antoni mentioned [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] as the two players he was 'enthused' about heading into the future, but made no mention of Lee. He has consistently appeared reluctant to anoint Lee as the right kind of player for his system.
21. There is no player on the Knicks' roster worth keeping if it means compromising the odds of signing you know who.
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I think Lee went from being one of the most underrated players in the league the last couple years, to one of the most overrated. His lack of defense and one dimensional offense prevent him from being anything more than a role player. I would still like to see him back, but for only 6-7 million a year or less.

Although, I think Lee's trade value is at an all-time high. We should take advantage of this, this offseason. We can trade Lee to move up in the draft, get rid of Curry, or get a much better player in return (Bosh? Amare?).