When Ray Allen bolted from the Boston Celtics, they were desperate to find a replacement at the shooting guard position with Avery Bradley out until at least December and Jason Terry delegated to bench duties.
Courtney Lee was their man, getting him by swapping a handful of players to the Houston Rockets.
Somewhat of a journeyman, Lee had landed with three different squads over his short four-year career. It seemed Lee had found a solid landing-place with Boston, though, signing a three-year extension, ensuring his days running with star point guard Rajon Rondo wouldn’t be a short stint.
But over the first 11 games of the 2012-13 season we’ve seen a different Lee. Once a sharpshooting guard, who could knock down the open trey and cut into the lane to put one home is now the tentative shooter, willing to pass rather than attack.
Part of it is the new system. He hasn’t had the type of electric guard roaming the perimeter, waiting for shooters to come off screens or make baseline cuts ...