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1106David Lee is making a strong case to make the East All-Star team as a reserve. The game is a month away in Phoenix and the Knicks have not had an All Star since Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston were selected to the squad in 2001. Lee has stepped up his game this month averaging 19.3 points, 12 rebounds, 1.4 steals and shooting 60% from the field in 7 games. He has registered a double-double in 23 of his last 26 games and is fifth in the NBA with 11.1 rebounds per game. The fourth year player is sixth in the league with a 57.3% field goal percentage and is averaging more points than Shawn Marion, Emeka Oakafor and Rasheed Wallace. However, the Knicks are 15-22 which can play a factor if Lee makes the team. Also, he has attempted just one three-pointer this season and is averaging 0.4 blocks per game.

Projected Roster

Starters:F Lebron James, F Kevin Garnett, C Dwight Howard, G Dwyane Wade, G Allen Iverson

Reserves: F/C Chris Bosh, G/F Danny Granger, G/F Vince Carter, G Joe Johnson, F Antawn Jamison or F Caron Butler, G Ray Allen or F Paul Pierce, F Rashard Lewis

The above list gives us a roster of 12 with borderline players such as F Andre Iguolda, F Hedo Turkoglu, G Ben Gordon, G Jameer Nelson and G Devin Harris. The Wizards have the worst record in the conference which means Jamison and Butler could miss the team.

Lee participated in All-Star weekend when he won the 2007 Rookie Challenge MVP game scoring 30 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He also became the first Knick player since Patrick Ewing (1997) to record a 30 point-20 rebound game.  He scored 37 points and pulled down 21 boards against the Warriors on November 29th. Lee is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals this season and if he does not make the team he is a leading candidate for the Most Improved Player award. Lee has not missed a game yet this season and in 30 games as a starter he is averaging 16 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 36 minutes per game.

Kevin Garnett has 1,375,814 votes: 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.18 steals, 51.7 FG %

David Lee: 15.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 57 FG %

“He should get some consideration definitely,” Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think he’s played as well as anybody in the league, without a doubt.”

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