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Celtics, for the last time: Courtney Lee

10.31.13 at 3:52 pm ET
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One of the most unpredictable Celtics seasons in recent memory began Wednesday, and in order to determine the likelihood of each player reaching his full potential, we’ll be examining them individually in this year’s Green Street preview with one form of this question in mind: “When’s the last time ‘€¦ ?” Next up: Courtney Lee.

When’s the last time a mid-tier veteran improved in Year 2 with a new team?

Courtney Lee’s struggles last season are well documented. Heck, even he readily admits to his inconsistency. When a reporter treaded lightly last month on the subject of his 2012-13 season, Lee stopped him and said something to the tune of, “You don’t have to be afraid to ask that question. I wasn’t so good.”

Now accustomed to his new city and out of the Doc Rivers doghouse, Lee has a new lease on his NBA life. It stands to reason that his comfortability during his second season in Boston might breed consistency.

A handful of players on similar contracts to Lee’s $5.2 million price tag have found themselves in a similar situation over the past several seasons: Jamal Crawford in New York, Atlanta and now the Clippers; Kyle Korver in Utah, Chicago and now Atlanta; Andre Miller in Denver, Philadelphia, Portland and Denver again; Chuck Hayes in Sacramento, J.R. Smith in New York; Martell Webster in Minnesota and now D.C.; and Brandan Wright in Dallas.

Here’s how those seven players performed in Years 1 and 2 with their new teams over the years.

JAMAL CRAWFORD

2004-05 Knicks (70 games): 38.4 MIN, 17.7 PTS, 4.3 AST, 2.9 REB
2005-06 Knicks (79 games): 32.3 MIN, 14.3 PTS, 3.8 AST, 3.1 REB

2009-10 Hawks (79 games): 31.1 MIN, 18.0 PTS, 3.0 AST, 2.5 REB
2010-11 Hawks (76 games): 30.2 MIN, 14.2 PTS, 3.2 AST, 1.7 REB

KYLE KORVER

2007-08 Jazz (50 games): 21.5 MIN, 9.8 PTS, 2.0 REB, 1.4 AST
2008-09 Jazz (78 games): 24.0 MIN, 9.0 PTS, 3.3 REB, 1.8 AST

2010-11 Bulls (82 games): 20.1 MIN, 8.3 PTS, 1.8 REB, 1.5 AST
2011-12 Bulls (65 games): 22.6 MIN, 8.1 PTS, 2.4 REB, 1.7 AST

ANDRE MILLER

2003-04 Nuggets (82 games): 34.6 MIN, 14.8 PTS, 6.1 AST, 4.5 REB
2004-05 Nuggets (82 games): 34.8 MIN, 13.6 PTS, 6.9 AST, 4.1 REB

2006-07 76ers (57 games): 37.6 MIN, 13.6 PTS, 7.3 AST, 4.4 REB
2007-08 76ers (82 games): 36.8 MIN, 17.0 PTS, 6.9 AST, 4.0 REB

2009-10 Blazers (82 games): 30.5 MIN, 14.0 PTS, 5.4 AST, 3.2 REB
2010-11 Blazers (81 games): 32.7 MIN, 12.7 PTS, 7.0 AST, 3.7 REB

2011-12 Nuggets (66 games): 27.4 MIN, 9.7 PTS, 6.7 AST, 3.3 REB
2012-13 Nuggets (82 games): 26.2 MIN, 9.6 PTS, 5.9 AST, 2.9 REB

CHUCK HAYES

2011-12 Kings (54 games): 19.2 MIN, 3.2 PTS, 4.3 REB, 1.4 AST
2012-13 Kings (74 games): 16.3 MIN, 2.7 PTS, 4.0 REB, 1.5 AST

J.R. SMITH

2011-12 Knicks (35 games): 27.6 MIN, 12.5 PTS, 3.9 REB, 2.4 AST
2012-13 Knicks (80 games): 33.5 MIN, 18.1 PTS, 5.3 REB, 2.7 AST

MARTELL WEBSTER

2010-11 T-Wolves (46 games): 23.8 MIN, 9.8 PTS, 3.2 REB, 1.2 AST
2011-12 T-Wolves (47 games): 24.3 MIN, 6.9 PTS, 3.6 REB, 0.9 AST

BRANDAN WRIGHT

2011-12 Mavericks (49 games): 16.1 MIN, 6.9 PTS, 3.6 REB, 0.3 AST
2012-13 Mavericks (64 games): 18.0 MIN, 8.5 PTS, 4.1 REB, 0.6 AST

Combined, those guys went from averaging 11.5 points, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds in the fist season with their new team to 11.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in Year 2. Essentially, they made little to no improvement.

So, maybe what we saw from Lee last season is what we’ll see for the next two seasons of his contract. After all, his numbers per 36 minutes last season (11.4 PTS, 46.4 FG%, 37.2 3P%, 3.5 REB, 2.7 AST) weren’t all that different from his 36-minute career averages (12.8 PTS, 44.3 FG%, 38.3 3P%, 3.7 REB, 2.0 AST).

Click on the links below to check out the “When’s the last time ‘€¦ ?” questions for other Celtics.

Kelly Olynyk: When’€™s the last time a middle-of-the-pack draft pick won NBA Rookie of the Year honors?
Gerald Wallace: When’€™s the last time a declining over-30 former All-Star enjoyed a career resurgence?
Avery Bradley: When’€™s the last time a player emerged as a defensive standout, then made offensive leap?
Vitor Faverani: When’€™s the last time an undrafted foreign-born rookie took the NBA world by storm?
Brandon Bass: When’€™s the last time a frontcourt mate emerged in the wake of a blockbuster trade?
Phil Pressey: When’€™s the last time an undrafted rookie point guard set the NBA world on fire?
Kris Humphries: When’€™s the last time an offseason expiring contract acquisition was dealt midseason?
Jeff Green: When’€™s the last time a 27-year-old NBA veteran made the All-Star leap?
Jordan Crawford: When’€™s the last time an immature young guard saw the NBA light?
Jared Sullinger: When’€™s the last time a sophomore stud enjoyed success post-injury?

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