Rondo believes Lee will provide big boost

Rondo believes Lee will provide big boost
September 30, 2012, 11:18 pm
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WALTHAM -- On a revamped Boston Celtics squad where several new additions could have breakout seasons, Rajon Rondo believes one of his backcourt counterparts will turn heads.

Courtney Lee, whom the Celtics acquired in a three-team trade this summer, was a lesser known acquisition in comparison to players like former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry and the re-signed Jeff Green, who missed last season due to heart surgery. After a solid rookie season on the Orlando Magic, Lee was traded to a dismal New Jersey Nets club and played the last two seasons for the Houston Rockets. He comes to Boston this season with his first real shot at a title since his first year in the league.

"A lot of people don't know that Courtney, I think, was second behind number 20 (Ray Allen) last year as far as three-point field goal percentage (from the corner)," he said.

Last season Lee shot 48.5 percent (50-of-103 3PGA) from the corner, as well as 40.1 percent from beyond the arc overall and 43.3 percent from the field. He can also attack the basket, shooting 58 percent in the restricted area (76-for-132 FGA).

"I look forward to him stretching the floor," said Rondo. "He's going surprise a lot of people with his athleticism. But like I said, he's a great defensive player as well."