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Courtney Lee's fit on the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets traded for Courtney Lee, but how does he fit?

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

When the Charlotte Hornets traded for Courtney Lee they didn't just add a wing player to replace the inconsistent P.J. Hairston at the shooting guard spot, but one of the most consistent wings in the entire NBA. Lee has played for five teams in his career and in every stop he's played consistently solid basketball that has made him one of the better shooting guard options out there.

For his career, Lee shoots 45 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range, and averages around 9.7 points per game. The 3-point percentage is incredible, but he's obviously not the most spectacular scorer in the NBA. However he's fairly efficient with a True Shooting percentage of 54, and he usually doesn't take too many shots. This lack of aggressiveness works well on some teams, but it can be frustrating when he chooses to pass up good looks. However, this won't be a problem on a Hornets team where he will come in as the fifth option on the offensive side of the ball.

Defensively, Lee is a solid perimeter defender that can chase around many quick and lengthy guards that continue to fill the NBA. This season with Memphis the Grizzlies are two points better per 100 possessions on defense when Lee is on the floor which goes to show how important his defense can be. He's not going to shut down elite players, but he won't hurt the Hornets on that end either which is a good thing.

The biggest problem with Lee comes from that lack of aggressiveness mentioned earlier. Despite being a very consistent player there's always hope that he could be something more. Lee doesn't take many shots, plays safe defense, and rarely explodes for a big game. This isn't necessarily a problem, but it's what separates him from a fringe starter to a clear one.

Lee is going to start for the Hornets, because he's much better on defense than Jeremy Lamb, and that lack of aggressiveness will be irritating at times in a Hornets offense that wants their perimeter guards firing at will from 3-point range. However, considering that he'll be playing next to guys like Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, and Al Jefferson this isn't completely be a bad thing. Those three take up a lot of shots, and the ball is in their hands a fair amount. Putting a player like Lee that doesn't demand the ball next to them should work out pretty well.

Lee's role on the team will be as a perimeter starter first and foremost. He's a great shooter, but that's not what they need from him. His lack of aggressiveness might be frustrating, but it should work well on a team like Charlotte that doesn't need him dominating the ball. Also a plus, Steve Clifford was a coach of Lee's his rookie year so he might already have an idea of how he wants to use him. The key to Lee being successful in Charlotte is to to be the player he's always been. Consistent on offense with 3-point shooting, and a solid defender on the perimeter. That's why they traded for him and that's what they need from him.