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David Lee
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New York Knicks  – No. 42
Born April 29, 1983 (1983-04-29) (age 26)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
College Florida
Draft 30th overall, 2005
New York Knicks
Pro career 2005–present
Awards 2007 NBA T-Mobile Rookie Challenge MVP
1x NBA All-Star (2010)

David Lee (born April 29, 1983, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player. He is currently playing for the New York Knicks. Lee played collegiately for the Florida Gators of the University of Florida as a power forward. He leads all centers in the NBA with points and assists. He also averages the 2nd most rebounds out of all centers, and 3rd overall.




Early career

Lee was a highly touted player at Chaminade College Preparatory School. Naturally left-handed, Lee became essentially ambidextrous when he broke his arm and learned to play right-handed.[1] Before playing for the University of Florida, Lee was a McDonald's All American and won the 2001 Slam Dunk competition.[2]

College career

Lee played for the Florida Gators under coach Billy Donovan. In his freshman year, he was named to the All-SEC Freshman team by the conference's coaches. In his sophomore season, he started to play very well while averaging double figures in points and bringing down around seven rebounds a game. He was named Second Team All-SEC by the coaches in his junior year while averaging 13 points and seven rebounds.

NBA career


Lee was selected by the Knicks with the team's second first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft, following Channing Frye. Lee signed with the team on July 1, 2005.[3]

Lee was installed as the Knicks' starting small forward for a stretch of 13 games in December 2005 and January 2006. Lee posted 23 points on 10–11 shooting, along with 15 rebounds and three steals in 52 minutes as the Knicks went on to defeat the Phoenix Suns in triple overtime on January 2, 2006. Those points were Lee's career high until he scored 24 points against the Sacramento Kings on November 16, 2007. He tied his career high of 15 rebounds against the Washington Wizards on November 15, 2006, and has since set a new career high by grabbing 21 rebounds on November 29th 2008 against the Golden State Warriors. Lee averaged 5.2 points (59.6%) and 4.5 rebounds per game in his rookie season while averaging 16 minutes 48 s of playing time in 67 games.


With an injury to Channing Frye, Lee started his first game of the season against the Chicago Bulls on November 28, 2006. On December 16, 2006, he was one of 10 players ejected in the Knicks–Nuggets brawl. However, he was not involved in the brawl and was not suspended by the NBA. On December 20, 2006 in a double-overtime game against the Charlotte Bobcats, with 0.1 of a second left, Lee scored the winning basket on a tip-in without breaking the league's so-called Trent Tucker Rule, whereby a player cannot legitimately make a field goal with less than three tenths of a second remaining on the clock. At the All-Star break, Lee had averaged 11.1 points on 61.05% shooting (first in the league), an 80.0% free throw percentage, 10.8 rebounds (8th in NBA) and 1.8 assists in 30.9 minutes a game.On February 16, 2007, Lee, playing for the Sophomores, was named the Most Valuable Player in the Rookie Challenge, finishing with 30 points on 14 of 14 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds. On February 23, 2007, in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Lee came down on Andrew Bogut's foot and sprained his ankle. The original diagnosis was for him to only miss a few days, but nearly three weeks after the injury he was still unable to play. He was reexamined and the doctor found that he had a much more severe sprain than was originally diagnosed. Lee played only sporadic minutes for the remaining games of the season.[4]


In the 2007–08 season, Lee continued to develop into a major contributor off the bench for the Knicks, and set career highs in most major categories, including minutes, points per game, and rebounds per game.[5]


David Lee had career highs of points 37 and rebounds 21 and became the first Knicks player with 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Patrick Ewing had 34 points and 25 rebounds on Feb. 23, 1997.[6]

On December 9, in a match-up against the Chicago Bulls, Lee became only the 11th Knick to score 10 consecutive double-doubles.


On February 11, Lee was chosen to replace Allen Iverson to represent the East team at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. He became the first Knick to make the All-Star team since Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell appeared in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.[7]

Awards and honors

Television appearances

In 2007 Lee was selected appeared on the game show Family Feud, in an "NBA Players vs Mothers week" to raise money for charity.[8] On April 26, 2009, he appeared on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.[9] Lee also made a cameo in an episode of the now-canceled series "Lipstick Jungle", playing himself.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2005–06 New York 67 14 16.9 .596 .000 .577 4.5 .6 .4 .3 5.1
2006–07 New York 58 12 29.8 .600 .000 .815 10.4 1.8 .8 .4 10.7
2007–08 New York 81 29 29.1 .552 .000 .819 8.9 1.2 .7 .4 10.8
2008–09 New York 81 74 34.9 .549 .000 .755 11.7 2.1 1.0 .3 16.0
Career 287 129 28.0 .564 .000 .759 9.0 1.4 .7 .3 10.9


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