Earns Second Career All-Star Selection; Becomes Golden State’s First All-Star Since 1997
Lee, 29, is averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 37.6 minutes in 40 games this season, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. Among NBA leaders, he ranks second in double-doubles (26), eighth in rebounds, 12th in scoring, 13th in minutes and 18th in field goal percentage. The eighth-year forward has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game 17 times this season (most in the NBA) and is the only player in the league averaging at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists per contest. He was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending December 16.
This is Lee’s second All-Star selection, as he was a member of the Eastern Conference squad in 2010 while playing for the New York Knicks.
Lee has helped lead the Warriors to a 26-15 record through the first half of the NBA season, marking the team’s best record after 41 games since starting 28-13 in 1991-92. Golden State is one of only five teams in the NBA to rank in the top-10 in field goal percentage (.457, seventh in NBA) and opponent field goal percentage (.435, sixth), joining the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors are the only team in the league this season to have defeated the Heat, Thunder and Clippers.
The 2013 All-Star reserves – seven each from the Western and Eastern Conferences – were selected by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences – three frontcourt players, two guards and two additional players regardless of position. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, February 17, 2013 (5:00 p.m. PT), televised exclusively on TNT and broadcast exclusively on ESPN Radio in the U.S. The All-Star Game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.