There was a recent debate on Twitter arguing the value of Carlos Boozer versus David Lee. Boozer offered his opinion Monday on the McDonald and Tierney Show on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York.
Asked if he thought he was a better player than Lee, Boozer replied, "Absolutely I do."
He then went on to compliment Lee by saying, "I think he's a very good, young player, though. I think he's had a great season and he was the all-star this year. I think he has a great upside to him. I just think I'm better, but I mean that's for you guys to debate about. I don't worry about that kind of stuff . . . David Lee is a great young player, a good friend of mine and of course I wish him the best of luck as well with whatever he does, if he stays in New York or if he also goes elsewhere."
Boozer was then asked how he can impact a game in ways Lee can't. Booz played the playoff card.
"I mean, sometimes it just comes down to knowledge, it comes down to being able to have experience in the playoffs," he said. "Another thing about David is he's never been to a postseason. You know he's been watching a lot of postseasons and I think he's hungry to win and I think he wants to be part of a winner as well."
Their numbers are comparable and both can put up double-doubles on a given night. Both players are 6-9 with limited length, but Boozer is burly and can score in the low post, while Lee can run and has developed a perimeter game that includes excellent passing ability. Both have strong assist-to-turnover ratios. Neither are strong defenders.
The debate on value could come down to price. Boozer made $12.6M this past season and his max is $16.5M, though it is debatable that anyone will pay him that much. Lee made $7M this season and his max is $14M, though there is a chance he could be had for slightly less.
Check the entire interview here on 1050 ESPN's website.