When the Warriors acquired forward David Lee in the offseason, it was for a host of tangible reasons.

He was one of the few guys in the NBA who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was an All-Star. He was the cure for the Warriors' rebounding woes, help for their inside scoring drought.

Now that his first season with Golden State is winding down, Lee's greatest impact has been the intangibles. Looking at the numbers, it would be easy to question if Lee has paid proper dividends. But when you consider the other things he brings to the table, that scale tips more toward invaluable.

"I think it's a total picture," general manager Larry Riley said. "He hasn't come up way short. There is a misconception about that. Using the baseball scenario, if he's supposed to be a .300 hitter "... he hit about .285 until we got into February, and he's been playing pretty well after that. There could have been a little more. But disappointed? Hell no."

Lee's once-sexy averages are down this season. His 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game are noticeably shy of the 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds he averaged last season with New York. His field goal percentage has dropped more than 4 percent to 50.2.

But Lee will be the first to admit his numbers last season were tainted by the Knicks' poor record and inflated by his primary role in the offense. And the current regime considers Lee a success because of the things not found on

the stat sheet.