Malcolm Lee (basketball)

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Malcolm Lee
Malcolm Lee UCLA.jpg
Lee playing for UCLA
No. 3 – Rethymno Cretan Kings
PositionShooting guard
LeagueGreek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1990-05-22) May 22, 1990 (age 29)
Riverside, California
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolJohn W. North
(Riverside, California)
CollegeUCLA (20082011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2011–present
Career history
20112013Minnesota Timberwolves
2012Sioux Falls Skyforce
2014Delaware 87ers
2014Philadelphia 76ers
2014–2015Delaware 87ers
2015Grand Rapids Drive
2016Brujos de Guayama
2018–2019Tigers Tübingen
2019Kolossos Rodou
2019–presentRethymno Cretan Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Malcolm Toshio Lee (born May 22, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Rethymno Cretan Kings of the Greek Basket League. As a college basketball player with the UCLA Bruins, he received all-conference honors in the Pacific-10 (later known as the Pac-12). After his junior year, he was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, and began his professional career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Early years[edit]

Lee was born in Riverside, California, to Toshio and Delma Lee. He attended John W. North High School in Riverside.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Lee was listed as the No. 5 shooting guard and the No. 47 player in the nation in 2008.[1]

Lee was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and Pac-10 All-Defensive team in his junior year at UCLA in 2011.[2] He declared for the NBA draft after the season against the advice of UCLA coach Ben Howland. ESPN, Fox Sports, and Yahoo also questioned Lee's decision.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Lee was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft with the 43rd overall pick by the Chicago Bulls.[5] He was traded on draft night to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with the draft rights to Norris Cole, the 28th pick, for the draft rights to Nikola Mirotić, the 23rd pick.[6]

Lee signed a three-year guaranteed contract with the Timberwolves, rare for a second round pick.[7] After his knee grew sore during training camp, Lee missed the beginning of the 2011–12 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.[4][8] On February 6, 2012, he was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Development League to rehabilitate his knee, and he was recalled after playing three games.[9][10] He was reassigned to Sioux Falls on February 29.[11] He made his NBA regular season debut on March 10, 2012.[12]

In 2012–13, Lee missed the majority of training camp and the exhibition season with an injured groin. He started 12 games during the regular season, including a career-high 10 points on December 4, 2012, in a win at Philadelphia. He became slowed by injuries, missing the remainder of the season after two surgeries in January: one hip surgery and another to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee.[13]

On June 27, 2013, the day of the 2013 NBA Draft, Lee was traded to the Golden State Warriors, who subsequently traded him to the Phoenix Suns.[14] He spent the summer in Phoenix rehabilitating, but a less than full-strength right quadriceps prevented him from being cleared for full work.[15] He was traded again on October 25, 2013, along with Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, and Kendall Marshall, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Emeka Okafor and a 2014 lottery protected first round draft pick.[16] Lee, Brown, and Marshall were all waived by the Wizards three days later.[17]

On October 7, 2014, Lee signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[18] However, he was later waived by the 76ers on October 25, 2014.[19] On November 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Delaware 87ers as an affiliate player.[20] On December 5, he re-signed with the 76ers.[21] Six days later, he was waived by the 76ers when they acquired Andrei Kirilenko and Jorge Gutiérrez in a trade.[22] On December 13, he returned to Delaware and played that same night against the Canton Charge.[23] On January 30, 2015, Lee was traded to the Grand Rapids Drive for the returning player rights to Khalif Wyatt.[24]

On February 8, 2016, he signed with Brujos de Guayama of the Puerto Rican League.[25] In 19 games, he averaged 13.4 points per game.[26]

On September 14, 2016, he signed with Trabzonspor Basketball of the Turkish League.[27]

On November 1, 2017, Lee signed with Igokea for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[28] On January 16, 2018, he left with Igokea,[29] and signed with German club Tigers Tübingen for the rest of the 2017–18 BBL season.[30]

On January 31, 2019, Lee moved to Greece and signed with Kolossos Rodou. On October 11, 2019, Lee signed with another Greek team, Rethymno Cretan Kings, for the 2019-2020 season, replacing Prince Williams.

The Basketball Tournament[edit]

Malcolm Lee played for Team Sons of Westwood in the 2018 edition of The Basketball Tournament. In three games, he had 9.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. Team Sons of Westwood ALS made it to the Super 16 before falling to Team Challenge ALS.

Career statistics[edit]

NBA 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]

2011–12 Minnesota 19 0 12.8 .390 .200 .824 1.4 1.6 .4 .2 3.3
2012–13 Minnesota 16 12 18.1 .382 .333 .600 2.4 1.3 .8 .4 4.9
2014–15 Philadelphia 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 36 12 14.8 .382 .294 .703 1.8 1.4 .6 .3 3.9

College statistics[edit]

2008–09 UCLA 29 0 10.7 .500 .300 .417 1.5 .6 .5 .1 3.2
2009–10 UCLA 32 32 34.8 .432 .252 .706 4.4 3.1 1.1 .3 12.1
2010–11 UCLA 33 33 33.1 .437 .295 .778 3.1 2.0 .7 .2 13.1
Career 94 65 26.7 .441 .278 .717 3.0 2.0 .8 .2 9.7


  1. ^ Malcolm Lee Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ Bolch, Ben; Holmes, Baxter (March 7, 2011). "UCLA awaits word on condition of Malcolm Lee's left knee". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Brennan, Eamonn (April 25, 2011). "Final exam: Grading the goners". Archived from the original on April 26, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Patton, Greg (January 29, 2012). "Malcolm Lee lands on his feet in NBA". The Press-Enterprise. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "The new Wolves ... and all the Wolves' moves". Star Tribune. June 24, 2011. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Bulls acquire rights to Mirotic". Associated Press. June 24, 2011. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (December 13, 2011). "Day 4: Thoughts on Barea, Lee, D. Williams and other stuff". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (December 31, 2011). "For LeBron, game day/birthday is combo blessing". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Love suspended 2 games for stepping on Scola". Associated Press. February 6, 2012. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.
  10. ^ Krawczynski, Jon (February 14, 2012). "Wolves recall G Malcolm Lee from D League assignment; rookie from UCLA yet to play in NBA". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved February 16, 2012. The Minnesota recalled rookie Malcolm Lee from their NBA Developmental League affiliate on Tuesday, but anxious Timberwolves fans hoping he is the answer to the team’s woes at shooting guard will have to be patient.
  11. ^ "Wolves Re-assign Rookie Guard Malcolm Lee To D-League Sioux Falls". March 2, 2012. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012.
  12. ^ Hornets beat Rubio-less Wolves, 95-89
  13. ^ Richardson, Ray (January 16, 2013). "Timberwolves guard Malcolm Lee undergoes second surgery". Pioneer Press. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013.
  14. ^ "Warriors Acquire Draft Rights to Nemanja Nedovic in 2013 NBA Draft". June 27, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  15. ^ Coro, Paul (October 16, 2013). "Phoenix Suns' starting-forward spots still up for grabs". Archived from the original on November 14, 2013.
  16. ^ "Wizards Acquire Gortat From Suns". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 25, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "Wizards Waive Brown, Lee and Marshall". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  18. ^ Gordon And Lee Added To Preseason Roster
  19. ^ "Sixers Waive Three Players". October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  20. ^ DELAWARE 87ERS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "Sixers Call Up Malcolm Lee From Delaware 87ers". December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  22. ^ Sixers Complete Trade With Nets
  23. ^ Charge Roll Past Sevens
  24. ^ Grand Rapids Drive Acquire Malcolm Lee
  25. ^ "Brujos firman a Malcolm Lee:". February 8, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  26. ^ "Malcolm Lee player profile". Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  27. ^ "Malcolm Lee (ex Guayama) signs at Trabzonspor". September 14, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  28. ^ "Malcolm Lee signs with BC Igokea". November 1, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  29. ^ "Igokea accepted the offer for Malcolm Lee". January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  30. ^ "Ehemaliger NBA-Profi Malcolm Lee unterstützt WALTER Tigers Tübingen im Abstiegskampf!". (in German). January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.

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