Analyzing 3 Newly Acquired Phoenix Suns in 2022 Offseason

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Phoenix Suns, Damion Lee
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What can Damion Lee do for the Phoenix Suns?

With a front row seat to everything the Golden State Warriors were able to piece together and accomplish last season, Damion Lee is first and foremost an NBA champion.

A product of that system, having spent four of his first five NBA seasons with the Warriors, Lee is adept and advanced in his understanding of ball movement, spacing, and quick decision-making in a read-and-react system.

He also knows how to knock down shots when opportunities fall his way. Last year during catch-and-shoot chances, he shot 37.4 percent from deep on 4.1 attempts per game. The season prior to that, he shot 40.5 percent on 3.0 attempts, and then 32.9 percent on 2.6 attempts per game. Without a doubt, growth in accuracy and confidence has been on the rise for the 29 year old.

When comfortable in a system and with talent around him, Lee can eat minutes outside of the main rotation come playoff time and punch up in production on occasion. He’s also solid in attacking closeouts and getting to the paint for soft touch finishes. Last season, shots at the rim accounted for 21.9 percent of his attempts, where he converted at a career-best 82.1 percent rate.

Now a veteran presence with championship experience, he’ll be looked at to uphold the team’s culture, provide energy, and continue his “stay ready” mentality in a new environment—one in pursuit of the same successes he saw last year.