Courtney Lee will start the rest of the season

Stan Van Gundy told ESPN’s Chris Sheridan that Courtney Lee will be Orlando’s starting shooting guard the rest of the season. The postseason starter, though, is still up in the air and could change depending on the matchup. I love the move. Lee has really come into his own over the second half of the season. He’s averaging 10.4 points in 30 games as a starter, and those points come with very few plays called for him. Lee’s defense has been up and down – down more than up, though – and very comparable to what Mickael Pietrus brings as a starter. The biggest reason I like Lee over Pietrus is consistency. With Pietrus, you don’t know what you’re going to get from night to night. He’s a player with so much potential but lacks every-night focus and superior knowledge of the game. Lee, despite being a rookie, brings it almost every night and doesn’t plague the Magic with as many silly turnovers and mental lapses as Pietrus commits. Lee could be the Magic’s starting shooting guard for years to come. There’s a standout offensive player in Lee’s relatively undeveloped game, and his on-ball defense is improving. For the future the key is defense for Lee, as the Magic have enough scorers with Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard. Hedo Turkoglu, too, if he decides to stick around. It’s clear the Magic landed a gem at that spot in the draft.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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