February 11th 2010: David Lee is selected to the NBA All-Star Game.
David Lee made his first NBA All-Star Game (and first Knick since the 2000-01 season) when he was chosen to replace Allen Iverson. Iverson received the most votes of all Eastern Conference guards despite averaging career lows in every statistical category and missing most of the month of November after refusing to take a bench role for the Memphis Grizzlies. Iverson chose not to attend the All-Star game to deal with his daughter’s illness.
In Lee’s final season with the Knicks, he averaged more than 20 points and nearly 12 rebounds a game while shooting nearly 55% from the floor and playing 37 minutes a game. The D’Antoni system allowed Lee to get the bulk of his minutes at center and was the recipient of plenty of pick-and-roll finishes. He also increased his range to become more proficient in the midrange. It’s fair to say D’Antoni helped amplify Lee’s value to the league.