David Lee Has Made His NBA All-Star Case

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IJanuary 27, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31:  David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks shoots a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on October 31, 2009 in New York, New York. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 141-127. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Knicks have not drafted a player who turned out to be in all-star since Mark Jackson in 1989. New York has not been represented at the All-Star game since 2001. The last American born white player to make it was Brad Miller in 2003 and 2004. The NBA will release the reserve players on Thursday, and reserve squad will consist of two guards, two forwards, one center, and two wildcards from both the East and West.

David Lee is seventh in points (19.4), fourth in field goal percentage (55.4), third in rebounds (11.4), and leads all NBA centers with assists per game (3.4). In 12 games this month, he is averaging 20.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

There is just one 20-10 player in the East and that is Chris Bosh , but Lee is approaching 20 points per game which would make him the second. Lee has been labeled as a system guy but he has shown versatility with a jumper, post moves and attacking the basket.


Here are my reserves:

Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson , Bosh , Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez , Derrick Rose and Josh Smith

On the bubble: Paul Pierce, Andrew Bogut , Antawn Jamsion , Andre Iguodala and Al Horford.