OAKLAND — Warriors forward David Lee was named as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team that was announced Thursday. He’s Golden State’s first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
Lee, voted in by the Western Conference coaches, will play in his second All-Star game. He was added by Commissioner David Stern as an injury replacement in the 2010 All-Star game in Arlington, Texas.
This year’s game will be held in Houston on Feb. 17.
Lee was favored to break the Warriors’ All-Star drought as he is having a stellar year across the board. Lee is averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 37:36 minutes per game. He’s been the Warriors’ most consistent producer all season.
unlike several Warriors stars who have great numbers in the past — Jason Richardson, Baron Davis, Monta Ellis — Lee is doing it for a winning team.
Golden State was nine games over .500 and had the fifth-best record in the Western Conference when the coaches received their ballots last week.
Point guard Stephen Curry, the other Warrior in the running for a reserve spot, was not selected. He does, however, lead the league in 3-pointers made, is likely to accept an invite to be in the 3-Point Shootout or the Skills Challenge.