Courtney Lee

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Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee in March 2013.jpg
Lee with the Celtics
No. 5 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-03) October 3, 1985 (age 29)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Pike (Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Western Kentucky (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Orlando Magic
2009–2010 New Jersey Nets
20102012 Houston Rockets
20122014 Boston Celtics
2014–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards

Courtney Lee (born October 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 22nd pick overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played college basketball at Western Kentucky University.

High school and college career[edit]

Courtney Lee playing at WKU. Photo by Jacob Klaven

Pike High School[edit]

Lee attended Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana 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.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Lee was listed as the No. 34 shooting guard in the nation in 2004.[1]

Western Kentucky University[edit]

In 2004, Lee was recruited by former Western Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn to play for the Hilltoppers. In his first season, Lee set a WKU record for freshman scoring with 461 points in 31 games. Lee 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, it was announced that Lee's jersey would be retired by the Hilltoppers.[2]

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.[3]

NBA career[edit]

Lee defending Kobe Bryant

Orlando Magic[edit]

Lee was drafted 22nd overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2008 NBA Draft.

On February 14, 2009, Lee posted season-high numbers against the Los Angeles Clippers. He finished the night with 21 points, including 9-of-10 field goals while making three 3-pointers.[4]

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.[5]

During the Magic's first round NBA playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lee scored 18 points in game 1 and a team-high 24 points in game 2, helping the team tie the series at 1–1.

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[edit]

Lee, with the New Jersey Nets, defending Tracy McGrady

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 Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson.[6]

During the 2009–10 season, Lee led the Nets in steals (93), three-point shots made (76), and free throw percentage (86.9%).

On March 8, 2010, he recorded a career high 30 points in a 107–101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Houston Rockets[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.[7] He was officially introduced by the Rockets on August 18, 2010.

Boston Celtics[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.[8] Lee agreed to a 4-year, $21.5 million deal with Boston. Lee had a fine start to the 2013–14 season hitting around 50 percent of his 3 point attempts under new coach Brad Stevens.[9]

Memphis Grizzlies[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.[10]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Orlando 77 42 25.2 .450 .404 .830 2.3 1.2 1.0 .2 8.4
2009–10 New Jersey 71 66 33.5 .436 .338 .869 3.5 1.7 1.3 .3 12.5
2010–11 Houston 81 1 21.3 .439 .408 .792 2.6 1.2 .7 .2 8.3
2011–12 Houston 58 26 30.3 .433 .401 .826 2.7 1.5 1.2 .4 11.4
2012–13 Boston 78 39 24.9 .464 .372 .861 2.4 1.8 1.1 .3 7.8
2013–14 Boston 30 0 16.8 .492 .442 .818 1.6 1.1 .7 .3 7.4
2013–14 Memphis 49 47 30.0 .476 .345 .900 2.8 1.7 .9 .4 11.0
Career 395 174 25.9 .446 .387 .835 2.6 1.5 1.0 .3 9.4


2009 Orlando 21 16 26.2 .435 .273 .885 1.9 1.3 .9 .1 8.0
2013 Boston 4 0 9.8 .200 .000 1.000 .5 .3 .5 .0 1.5
2014 Memphis 7 7 32.0 .417 .316 .778 2.0 1.7 .7 .3 10.0
Career 32 23 25.4 .425 .277 .854 1.7 1.3 .8 .2 7.7


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