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David Lee Got Snubbed

NEW YORK - JANUARY 22:  David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks in action against the Los Angeles Lakers during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2010 in New York, New York.  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 Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2010


The Eastern Conference reserves were named today: Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Al Horford, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Gerald Wallace, and Joe Johnson.

What name does not belong? Al Horford.

Horford is in his third season and averaging career highs in points (13.6), rebounds (9.8), and field goal percentage (57.5). The Hawks have the third best record in the East but it does not justify him being selected over David Lee.

Horford has seven games of 20-plus points in 44 games; Lee has eight games this month.

Horford has one game of at least 17 boards (which came against the Knicks); Lee has six games.

Horford has zero games of at least seven assists; Lee has four games.

While Horford blocks more shots, Lee averages more points, rebounds, steals, and assists, and has a higher free throw percentage. He may be playing out of position, but statistically Lee is one of the most effective centers in the East.

Also it is worth noting that Tim Duncan had 27 rebounds vs. the Hawks yesterday. “I put it on myself, part of it,” Al Horford said. “I didn’t come out aggressive enough.” At least we know Lee gives 100 percent of his effort.

Lee could still be named to the team if starter Kevin Garnett decides not to participate.

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