Paul Lee (basketball)

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Paul Lee
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Lee with Rain or Shine in 2016
No. 3 – Magnolia Hotshots
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 29)
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Manila
College University of the East
PBA draft 2011 Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2016 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2016–present Star/Magnolia Hotshots
Career highlights and awards

Paul John Dalistan Lee (born February 14, 1989) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Magnolia Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He was drafted 2nd overall by Rain or Shine in the 2011 PBA draft.

Early life and college career

When he was a high school freshman in San Sebastian College, he was discovered when he was playing in the school’s intramurals. The coach spotted him, made him try out and placed him in the lineup the following year. The San Sebastian Staglets would go on to win the NCAA Juniors Championship in his senior year.[1]

In 2007, he was recruited by then coach Dindo Pumaren of the University of the East, which at that time had formidable backcourt players like Raphy Reyes, Paul Zamar, James Martinez and Marcy Arellano. His role during that time was with the second squad. He was known as the 6th man, the main replacement for then King Warrior Marcy Arellano. In 2009, his game flourished when Lawrence Chongson took over to coach the team.[2] Chongson later became his adviser, and currently an agent.[3]

He received the Most Improved Player award in UAAP Season 72.[4] He then became a part of Mythical Team during the UAAP Season 73.

He also played for Cobra Energy Drink Iron Men in the Philippine Basketball League and later in the PBA Developmental League coached by Chongson.

In his last year in UE, he was playing with an injury, but he didn't want anybody to know about it.[5]

Professional career

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2011–2016)

He was picked 2nd overall by Rain or Shine during the 2011 PBA draft.[6] By the end of the 2011–12 PBA season, he was awarded Rookie of the Year, and won his first ever PBA championship with the Elasto Painters, though he did not play in the championship series due to injury.

In 2014, he requested the Rain or Shine management to trade him by personally calling up coach Yeng Guiao.[7] However, Guiao and the Rain or Shine management are hell bent on keeping him at all cost. After Lee returned from Spain following his Gilas stint in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, he went to a sabbatical by not showing up to Rain or Shine practice or even talking to the media, creating speculations of him pushing through signing up with another team. A few days later, he finally showed up, and after a heart-to-heart talk with coach Yeng Guiao, he finally decided to stay with the Elasto Painters.[8] On September 19, 2014, he, together with his agent Lawrence Chongson, signed a 2-year max deal to stay with Rain or Shine.[9]

Star Hotshots (2016–present)

On October 13, 2016, Paul Lee was sent to Star Hotshots on a blockbuster trade in exchange for star shooting guard James Yap in one of the biggest deal in PBA history that led to shocking reactions from basketball fans.

PBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of September 16, 2016[10]

Season-by-season averages

2011–12 Rain or Shine 46 27.5 .465 .344 .826 3.7 4.1 .8 .0 13.9
2012–13 Rain or Shine 38 25.5 .374 .331 .717 4.2 3.6 .8 .1 11.6
2013–14 Rain or Shine 61 25.8 .403 .362 .824 3.2 2.7 .7 .1 13.0
2014–15 Rain or Shine 53 27.6 .409 .395 .843 4.5 3.3 .8 .0 15.6
2015–16 Rain or Shine 35 21.2 .418 .319 .929 2.7 2.5 .6 .0 10.3
Career 233 25.8 .412 .359 .826 3.7 3.2 .7 .1 13.1

International career

Lee was officially included in the roster that competed in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[11] He also led the team to a bronze medal finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup after converting three crucial free-throws with no time remaining against host China.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ Gonzales, Mav C. (September 30, 2011). "PBA Rookies: When no one wanted Paul Lee". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "UE Red Warriors' Quarterback Paul Lee is part of UAAP Season 73 Mythical Five - Tira UE Blog for Victory!". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Badua, Snow (August 22, 2014). "Paul Lee wants out of Rain or Shine, expresses desire to be traded, says adviser". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Elmer Espiritu and Paul Lee recipients of UAAP season 72 special awards". October 3, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Ramos, Nikko (August 2, 2012). "The Truth About Paul Lee's Last Year in UE". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Casio first, Lee second in 2011 PBA draft". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Joble, Rey (November 29, 2015). "'Ang ganda ng samahan natin': Yeng Guiao surprised by Paul Lee's decision to ask Rain or Shine for trade". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Dy, Richard (September 16, 2014). "Yeng Guiao says Paul Lee ready to sign new deal with Rain or Shine after heart-to-heart talk". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Badua, Snow (September 20, 2014). "Paul Lee, Rain or Shine bury the hatchet as star guard ready to give his best for team, says agent Lawrence Chongson". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  10. ^ Player Profile at PBA-Online!
  11. ^ "Andray Blatche, Paul Lee officially named to Gilas Pilipinas roster for World Cup". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Quiteles, Rodneil (July 19, 2014). "Lee free throws give Gilas bronze in FIBA Asia Cup". Rappler. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  13. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (July 19, 2014). "Paul Lee breaks Chinese hearts by rescuing Gilas with wily final play, three free throws". Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Pamintuan, Carlo (July 19, 2014). "FIBA Asia Cup: Clutch Paul Lee free throws down China for bronze medal". Yahoo! Sports Philippines. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
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