David Lee is an All-Star

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IFebruary 11, 2010

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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David Lee becomes the first Knick to make the All-Star team since 2001.

Lee and Chris Bosh are the only two players in the East who are averaging 20 points and 11+ rebounds per game. He also is shooting 55 percent from the field, 79 percent from the line, and 3.5 assists per game. Lee has seen his scoring increase due to scoring 20+ in seven of his past eight games.

Other options to replace Allen Iverson could have been Josh Smith and Andrew Bogut.

The Hawks have the second best record in the East and already have two players on the Eastern squad (Joe Johnson and Al Horford ). Smith is fifth in the East in blocks (2.1).

Bogut is tied for second in the East in blocks per game and is seventh in rebounds. Along with rookie PG Brandon Jennings, the Australian big man is one of the main reasons the Bucks are one game out of the eighth seed.

David Lee has better numbers than both these players but the Knicks are just 19-32. The Knicks have one more win than the Pistons, which tells you how disappointing the first half has been. Lee should be rewarded for his play, but getting the nod to the Eastern team also drives up his asking price this off-season.