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Damion Lee (born October 21, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. He played college basketball for three years at Drexel University and transferred to Louisville for his final year of eligibility. [1]

Damion Lee
No. 1 – Golden State Warriors
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-10-21) October 21, 1992 (age 26)
Baltimore, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolCalvert Hall (Towson, Maryland)
St. Thomas More
(Oakdale, Connecticut)
College
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017Maine Red Claws
2017–2018Santa Cruz Warriors
2018Atlanta Hawks
2019Golden State Warriors
2018–2019→Santa Cruz Warriors
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC – Media (2016)
  • Third-team All-ACC – Coaches (2016)
  • First-team All-CAA (2015)
  • Second-team All-CAA (2013)
  • CAA All-Defensive Team (2015)
  • CAA Rookie of the Year (2012)
  • CAA All-Rookie Team (2012)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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High school careerEdit

Lee graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland,[2] where in his final season he was a Second-Team Baltimore Sun All-Metro and a First-Team All-Baltimore Catholic League selection. Lee attended prep school at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Connecticut, where he averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game during the 2010–11 season. Lee was a First Team All-New England Preparatory School Athletic Council selection, leading his team to a 30–7 record and the National Prep School Championship.

College careerEdit

Drexel DragonsEdit

In his freshman season as a member of the 2011–12 Drexel Dragons men's basketball team, Lee started at point guard. During that season, he averaged 12 points and 4.4 rebounds.[3] After the impressive start to his college career, he was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the CAA All-Tournament team after averaging more than 15 points in Drexel's three tournament games. In the CAA championship game, the Dragons (25–5) lost to VCU, 59–56. VCU was a Final Four team the previous year, and the majority of projections had both teams making the NCAA tournament. However, a disappointing Selection Sunday saw the Dragons not invited to the NCAA Tournament and instead accepting an automatic bid to the 2012 National Invitation Tournament as the CAA regular season champion and #3 seed. The Dragons defeated UCF and Northern Iowa, before falling to UMass in the regional final.

The following season, Lee was named to the Second-Team All-CAA after leading Drexel in scoring and finishing third in the CAA averaging 17.1 points per game. He was also second in the CAA in free throw percentage (.829), and fourth in three-pointers per game (2.3). In a game against Old Dominion, Lee recorded a career-high 34 points.

In his third season at Drexel, after being selected to the Preseason CAA All-Conference First Team, Lee suffered a torn ACL in a game against Arizona. This caused him to sit out the entire season and redshirt his junior year.

Before his redshirt junior season at Drexel, Lee was named to the Preseason CAA All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row. He also was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournament team. On February 21, 2015, during a game against Northeastern, Lee suffered a fractured right hand which prematurely ended his season.[4] Lee averaged 21.4 points per game during the season, ranking fourth in the nation and first in the CAA.[5] His free throw percentage of .887% ranked 14th in the nation and second in the CAA. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 27 games. Furthermore, Lee also led the team in steals per game (1.5 SPG), field goal percentage (.438 FG%), and three-point percentage (.385 3P%).[6] At the conclusion of the regular season, Lee was one vote shy of winning CAA Player of the Year, losing to Senior William and Mary guard Marcus Thornton.[7] However, Lee did win awards in CAA All-Conference First Team, CAA All-Defensive Team, and CAA All-Academic Team.[8]

On March 30, 2015, Lee announced that he would be transferring out of Drexel University for his fifth and final collegiate season.[9] He was considered to be the top transfer in college basketball by ESPN.[8]

Louisville CardinalsEdit

On April 23, 2015, play his final collegiate season at Louisville under head coach Rick Pitino.[10] Other schools Lee was considering included Arizona, Gonzaga, Marquette, and Maryland. Lee said after the move, "The U of L community itself was unreal. I don't think there's any other city or college basketball town like it."[8] By mid-season in December 2015, he was Louisville's top point scorer.[11] He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11, 2016.[12] On Senior Night, Lee passed the 2,000-point mark.[13] With 10 games remaining in the season, Louisville ranked as the 13th best team in the country announced a self-imposed postseason ban for the 2015–16 season amid an ongoing NCAA investigation over an escort sex scandal involving recruits between 2010 and 2014. They finished the regular season as the #16 ranked team with a 23–8 record, and did not play in the ACC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament because of the ban.

Professional careerEdit

Maine Red Claws (2016–2017)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Lee joined the Miami Heat for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 26, 2016, he signed with the Boston Celtics.[14] He was later waived by the Celtics on October 20 after appearing in two preseason games.[15] On October 31, he was acquired by the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Celtics.[16] On January 10, he was waived by the Red Claws after suffering a season-ending injury.[17] In 16 games, he averaged 17.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 34 minutes.[18]

Santa Cruz Warriors (2017–2018)Edit

On August 24, 2017, Lee was traded to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League.[19]

Atlanta Hawks (2018)Edit

On March 13, 2018, Lee signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks.[20][21] On March 23, 2018, the Atlanta Hawks signed Lee to a second 10-day contract.[22] On April 2, 2018, the Atlanta Hawks signed Lee for the remainder of the season.[23]

Golden State Warriors (2018)Edit

On July 14, 2018, Lee signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors, which would lead him to return to the Santa Cruz Warriors. On April 9, 2019, he scored a career-high 20 points in a 112-103 road victory against the Pelicans. The Warriors made it to the 2019 NBA Finals, but lost in 6 games to the Toronto Raptors.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Atlanta 15 11 26.9 .408 .250 .759 4.7 1.9 1.3 .1 10.7
2018–19 Golden State 32 0 11.7 .441 .397 .864 2.0 .4 .4 .0 4.9
Career 47 11 16.6 .423 .328 .804 2.9 .9 .7 .0 6.8

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Drexel 36 35 28.9 .454 .375 .773 4.4 1.7 .8 .3 12.0
2012–13 Drexel 27 24 33.0 .425 .360 .829 5.1 1.8 .8 .1 17.1
2013–14 Drexel 5 5 26.8 .370 .273 .864 4.2 2.2 .6 .2 13.0
2014–15 Drexel 27 27 38.1 .438 .385 .887 6.1 2.3 1.5 .3 21.4
2015–16 Louisville 30 30 33.6 .428 .341 .843 3.9 2.0 1.5 .0 15.9
Career 125 121 32.8 .433 .362 .843 4.8 2.0 1.1 .2 16.1

National team careerEdit

On February 22, 2018, Lee was added to the United States FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying team.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Lee earned a degree in general humanities and social science at Drexel and majored in special education, with a concentration in assistive technology at Louisville. He is the brother-in-law of Warriors teammate Stephen Curry through his marriage to Curry's younger sister, Sydel Curry, a volleyball player.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geary, Molly (March 30, 2015). "Drexel guard Damion Lee says he will graduate, transfer". SI.com. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Drexel bio". DrexelDragons.com. Drexel Athletics. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Medcalf, Myron (February 22, 2012). "Get to Know: Drexel's Damion Lee". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Damion Lee to Miss Rest of Season Due to Injury". DrexelDragons.com. February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player Scoring Per Game Statistics - 2014-15". ESPN. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Drexel Dragons Stats - 2014-15". ESPN. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "2014-15 All-CAA Men's Basketball Release" (PDF). CAASports.com. March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Greer, Jeff (April 23, 2015). "Drexel transfer Damion Lee picks U of L". Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  9. ^ Borzello, Jeff (March 30, 2015). "Damion Lee eyes other schools". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  10. ^ Parrish, Gary (April 23, 2015). "Louisville lands Damion Lee". CBSSports. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Sullivan, Tim (December 27, 2015). "Lee steps up but misfires for U of L". Louisville Courier-Journal. Archived from the original on December 28, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Graves, Gary B. (March 1, 2016). "No. 11 Louisville Holds Off Georgia Tech 56-53 on Senior Night". gocards.com. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Celtics Finalize Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Celtics have waived Marcus Georges-Hunt..." Twitter. October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  16. ^ "2016 Training Camp Roster Announced". NBA.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "NBA D-League Transactions". NBA.com. Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  18. ^ "Damion Lee D-League Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  19. ^ "Santa Cruz Warriors get Damion Lee in a three-team trade". Santa Cruz Sentinel. August 24, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  20. ^ "Hawks Sign Damion Lee To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. Atlanta: National Basketball Association. 13 March 2018. Archived from the original (Web) on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Hawks' Damion Lee: Signs 10-day contract with Atlanta". CBS Sports. Rotowire. 12 March 2018. Archived from the original (Web) on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Hawks Sign Damion Lee To Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. Atlanta, GA, USA: Atlanta Hawks. 23 March 2018. Archived from the original (Web) on 24 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Hawks Sign Damion Lee for Remainder of Season". NBA.com. Atlanta, GA: National Basketball Association. 2 April 2018. Archived from the original (Web) on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  24. ^ Seimas, Jim (23 February 2018). "Second-year G League guard Damion Lee earns his stripes with Team USA call-up". Monterey Herals. Archived from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Louisville bio". gocards.com. Louisville Athletics. Retrieved October 22, 2016.

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