Courtney Lee (born October 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. He played college basketball at Western Kentucky University.
Lee in March 2013
|No. 1 – Dallas Mavericks|
|Born||October 3, 1985|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Pike (Indianapolis, Indiana)|
|College||Western Kentucky (2004–2008)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|2009–2010||New Jersey Nets|
|2016–2019||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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High school careerEdit
Lee attended Pike High School in Indianapolis and played on their Indiana 4A state championship winning team in 2003. He starred for the Indy Hornet's AAU team, winning several state championships and annually placing high at the AAU nationals.
In 2004, Lee was recruited by former Western Kentucky assistant coach William Small to play for the Hilltoppers. In his first season, Lee set a WKU record for freshman scoring with 461 points in 31 games. He was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference for three consecutive seasons (2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08). As a senior at WKU, Lee was named Sun Belt Player of the Year. He also helped lead the Hilltoppers to a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament while being ranked 28th nationally in scoring with 20.4 points per game.
On January 27, 2008, Lee recorded a career high 33 points in a 77–68 win over Arkansas State.
Lee finished his collegiate career tied with Jim McDaniels for all-time leading scorer at WKU, with 2,238 points. During his four-year career at WKU, he started 128 games, played an overall 3,957 minutes, made 82% of free throws, made 245 three-point shots, had 242 steals, 281 assists and 78 blocked shots. On January 10, 2015, it was announced that Lee's jersey would be retired by the Hilltoppers.
Lee's tattoo on his arm reads "R.I.P. Danny Rumph" dedicated to his WKU teammate who died in May 2005 from an enlarged heart after hitting a game winning shot in a pick-up game in his hometown, Philadelphia.
Orlando Magic (2008–2009)Edit
Then on March 23, 2009 in a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Lee set a then-career high with 22 points. He made two critical free throws late in the fourth quarter to secure a comeback win for the Magic. Lee finished 6–8 from the field, 2–3 from behind the three-point line, and 8–8 from the free throw line.
On April 28, 2009 Lee was hit in the face by Dwight Howard during Game 5 of the Magic's first round playoff series, suffering a fractured sinus. The following day it was announced that he would miss Game 6 of the series due to the injury. He then returned for the second round matchup against the Boston Celtics but he was forced to wear a protective mask over his face for the remainder of the postseason.
In game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals, Lee missed a potential game-winning layup with 0.6 seconds remaining on the shot-clock at the end of regulation that would have evened the series at 1.
New Jersey Nets (2009–2010)Edit
After spending his rookie year with the Orlando Magic, Lee was traded on June 25, 2009, along with Rafer Alston and Tony Battie, to the New Jersey Nets for future teammate Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson.
On March 8, 2010, he recorded a career high 30 points in a 107–101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Houston Rockets (2010–2012)Edit
On August 11, 2010, Lee was traded to the Houston Rockets in a four-team, five-player trade in which the Rockets sent Trevor Ariza to the New Orleans Hornets. He was officially introduced by the Rockets on August 18, 2010.
Boston Celtics (2012–2014)Edit
On July 20, 2012, Lee was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three team sign and trade deal involving the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. Lee agreed to a 4-year, $21.5 million deal with Boston. He had a fine start to the 2013–14 season hitting around 50 percent of his 3-point attempts under new coach Brad Stevens.
Memphis Grizzlies (2014–2016)Edit
On January 7, 2014, a three-team trade was completed between the Celtics, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Boston traded Lee and a 2016 second round draft pick to Memphis for in exchange for the Grizzlies' Jerryd Bayless and the Thunder's Ryan Gomes.
Charlotte Hornets (2016)Edit
On February 16, 2016, the Grizzlies traded Lee to the Charlotte Hornets in a three-team trade also involving the Miami Heat. Five days later, he made his debut and first start with the Hornets in a 104–96 win over the Brooklyn Nets, recording five points, one rebound and one assist in 21 minutes.
New York Knicks (2016–2019)Edit
On July 8, 2016, Lee signed with the New York Knicks. Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, Lee was named co-captain of the Knicks alongside Lance Thomas. On January 15, 2018, in a 119–104 win over the Brooklyn Nets, Lee made his 44th straight free throw on a third-quarter technical, tying the Knicks' record set by Chris Duhon in 2008–09. Lee came into the game leading the league at 96.1 percent after hitting 73 of 76. Two days later, he converted a free throw in the second quarter of the Knicks' 105–99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies—his 45th straight, setting a franchise record. In December 2018, he played a game with the Knicks' NBA G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.
Dallas Mavericks (2019–present)Edit
On January 31, 2019, Lee was traded, along with Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porziņģis, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and two future first-round draft picks.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Courtney Lee Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "WKU to Retire Courtney Lee's Jersey at Jan. 22 Game versus UTEP". NashvilleSportsMix.com. January 10, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- Holt, Oliver (June 10, 2009). "Magic's fall guy WILL rise again... just ask John Terry". Daily Mirror. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
- Edery, Ian (June 23, 2009). "The 2008 NBA Draft: A Look Back". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
- "Johnson scores 25 in place of Nelson in Magic win". ESPN. February 5, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
- "Turkoglu, Magic rally past Knicks". National Basketball Association. March 23, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "Carter traded to hometown Magic". ESPN. June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2009.
- "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in four-team trade". National Basketball Association. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "Celtics Acquire Lee". National Basketball Association. July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, and Jordan Crawford Among Best Pull up Shooters in League". SportsMedia101.com. December 15, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- "Grizzlies acquire Courtney Lee and 2016 second round Draft pick in three team trade". National Basketball Association. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "Hornets Acquire Lee from Memphis in 3-Team Trade". National Basketball Association. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Walker, Jefferson help Hornets run win streak to 5". National Basketball Association. February 21, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Knicks Sign Three Free Agents". National Basketball Association. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
- "New York Knicks: Courtney Lee, Lance Thomas voted team captains". dailyknicks.com. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
- "Porzingis, Beasley help Knicks beat Nets in opener of trip". ESPN. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Evans has 23 points, 10 assists as Grizzlies beat Knicks". ESPN. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- Knicks' Courtney Lee has a new appreciation for G League players after joining them for a game
- "Mavericks acquire All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke in trade with Knicks". Mavs.com. January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.