The Golden State Warriors look much different this season than the team we’ve seen dominate the NBA in recent years.
Franchise player Steph Curry is still around, but with stars Andre Igoudala and Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out with an injury, opportunities are available for other guys to step up.
Former Louisville Cardinal Damion Lee took advantage of the opportunity on Monday night.
Lee poured in a career high 23 rebounds and grabbed a career high 11 rebounds as the struggling Warriors picked up their first win over the season.
Lee’s NBA career started in March of 2018 when he earned multiple ten-day contracts with the Atlanta Hawks after stellar play in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. He was eventually signed by Atlanta for the remainder of the 2018 season. Lee then signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors where he bounced back and forth between Golden State and the G-League.
After appearing in 32 regular season games last season Lee decider to re-sign another 2-year contract with Golden State this summer. I assume he realized with the departures/injuries he’d have more of an opportunity. Nice to see him take advantage.
Because he’s on a two-way contract Lee is only allowed to spent 45 days with the Warriors this season. The team would have to convert his contract to a standard deal if they want him to be a part of their roster for the full season. More double-doubles could allow Lee to stick long term in.
Lee is married to Sydel Curry, the younger sister of his teammate, Steph.<