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Lee Nailon - SF/PF, 6'9, 238
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
       Date of birth: 02/22/1975
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 43rd pick, 1999
     Out of: Texas Christian
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Left

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   The best of what's left after what was the best of what's left has gone and is no longer left
2010-08-21

Lee Nailon also signed in Israel with Bnei Hasharon.

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   The best of what's left
2010-07-30

Lee Nailon - Still going, is old Lee. Still going. Specifically in Puerto Rico, where the shots continue to go up.

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   The 2010 Puerto Rican BSN Season
2010-06-07

Lee Nailon - 8 games, 33.0 mpg, 21.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.3 fpg, 0.5 spg, 1.0 bpg, 55% FG, 0% 3PT, 74% FT

Ex-NBA forward Nailon averaged 21.5 points per game in the BSN last season for the Ponce Lions, good for second in the league, so it probably seemed like quite the coup when he joined Quebradillas to start this year (he did not play in between the two BSN seasons). However, Nailon left the team after only 8 games, the team deciding they needed a guard (Jones) more than Nailon's scoring. More on Nailon later.

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Lee Nailon - 18 games, 29.7 mpg, 16.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 3.1 fpg, 0.7 spg, 0.9 bpg, 50% FG, 31% 3PT, 80% FT

[...] While Rodgers replaced Johnson on the wing, NBA journeyman Brown was all set to replace Collins up front. Brown too had spent the majority of the year in China, averaging as-near-as-is 20 points and 12 rebounds a game. However, Ponce gave him only one game (in which he underperformed) before releasing him and replacing him with Nailon. As mentioned before, Nailon had averaged big statistics for Ponce in the previous season, and when Quebradillas let him go, they snapped him up. Nailon again poured in the big points, as was always Nailon's strength, but once again he did it in the classic Lee Nailon way; no three pointers, few free throws, just a lot of two pointers and little defense. Nailon can shoot and post, but his usage rates have never been great; he needs his touches, and while he contributes big numbers, he only contributes big numbers. Such is the Lee Nailon experience. Always has been. He has his uses, though.

Nailon got injured a fortnight ago and missed five games at the most inopportune time, but Ponce quickly countered by bringing in another former NBA player of some pedigree when they signed Rodney White. This is Rodney's third consecutive summer in the BSN, more excitingly, it's also the third consecutive season in which he's pulled the China/Puerto Rico double ender. You have to love that. You also have to love it when a player averages 27.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, as Rodney did in the CBA this season. (Incidentally, upon Nailon's return, Ponce deactivated Rodgers and have used White and Nailon as their two import players in the playoffs.)

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 47
2010-04-11

- Lee Nailon

Other than the homegrown players, most players play in Puerto Rico during the summer in conjunction with other playing gigs elsewhere during the year. Yet Lee Nailon, who is currently playing in the BSN with the Ponce Lions, has not played elsewhere since playing in Puerto Rico last year, also for the Lions.

Nailon started the year with the Quebradillas Pirates, but was traded to Ponce after three games. I don't now what Quebradillas received in return for him, but it had better have been a lot, because Nailon is one of the best players in the nation; he averages 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists for Ponce, scoring at a Lee Nailon-like rate of 92 points in 160 minutes. Bizarrely, he's managed to take only 3 three pointers and 5 foul shots in the time it's taken him to get up 74 two pointers; then again, this is 19 foot jumpshot specialist Lee Nailon we're talking about here.

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