2. Damion Lee
Third-year guard Damion Lee came out of nowhere in his second season with the Warriors, having increased his points per game from 4.9 last year to a career-best 12.7 this season. The shooting guard started in 36 out of his 49 games played and left a lasting impression with his superb play.
After having averaged 11.7 minutes per game throughout 32 games last season, Lee consistently received more playing time this year due to injuries to both Klay Thompson and brother-in-law Stephen Curry.
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The up-and-coming guard averaged 29.0 minutes a game this season, an astounding increase compared to last year.
The 26-year-old has showcased reliability on the defensive side of the ball as well, proving himself to be a pesky defender for opponents. Lee averaged a single steal per game this season, having showcased he does more than just score the ball.
Lee’s breakout season likely solidified him as an important piece of the team going forward, and the organization thankfully has him locked up for the foreseeable future.
The guard will remain under contract until the end of the 2021-22 season, meaning they have a solid bench piece for when their dynamic backcourt is able to return.