Apr 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward David Lee (42) dribbles as Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes (22) defends during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs made the David Lee signing official. The 11-year veteran will boost the Spurs front-line alongside LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol.
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Lee is a two-time NBA All-Star who was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2013. An NBA Champion with Golden State in 2015, Lee has played 750 career games and holds averages of 14.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.4 minutes while shooting .533 from the floor and .774 from the free throw line.
With the Dallas Mavericks, he averaged 8.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting .636 from the floor over 25 games.
Lee is a great signing for San Antonio and will help give quality minutes to their front-line. He has playoff experience and with his experience and high basketball intelligence, he gives San Antonio another advantage coming off of the bench.
There maybe some things that you may not know about Lee. Let us dive into some facts about the newest Spurs player.
Next: Born In Missouri
Feb 24, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward David Lee (42) reacts after a basket in the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center. The Thunder beat the Mavs 116-103. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
David Lee was born on April 29, 1983 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was also a McDonald’s All-American in 2001 and won the dunk contest that year.
Next: Was 6-foot-1 As A Freshman
Sep 25, 2015; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward David Lee (42) during media day at the Boston Celtic Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
David Lee was 6-foot-1 as a freshman in high school, but grew five inches his sophomore year and another three inches as a junior. He now measures at 6-foot-9 and 249 pounds. Talk about a growth spurt.
Next: 4 Years In College With The Florida Gators
Lee went to play four years at the University of Florida, averaging 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He was named Second-team All-SEC in 2004 and 2005. While he’s a natural lefty, he’s ambidextrous after learning to use his right hand after breaking his left arm in high school. He shoots lefty but likes to finish with his right hand.
Next: Drafted By The New York Knicks
The New York Knicks drafted Lee 30th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft. He played in 67 games as a rookie, including 14 starts, averaging 5.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game. He played on the Sophomore team in the NBA Rookie Challenge in 2006-07, and was named the game’s MVP after scoring 30 points on 14-for-14 shooting from the field to go with 11 rebounds.
Next: First Time All-Star In 2010
David Lee was named to his first All-Star team in 2010, replacing an injured Allen Iverson on the Eastern Conference roster. He finished that season averaging a career-high 20.2 points (off 55 percent shooting) and 11.7 rebounds.
Next: First Triple-Double
He recorded his first career triple-double on April 2, 2010, scoring 37 points, pulling down 20 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists against the Golden State Warriors.
Next: From A Knick To A Warrior
Jun 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee waves to the crowd during the Golden State Warriors 2015 championship celebration in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Following his career-year with the Knicks, Lee agreed to a six-year, $79.5 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. The deal was completed as a sign-and-trade, with Ronny Turiaf, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and two future second-round picks going to the Knicks.
During the Warriors championship run, Lee suffered a left hamstring injury that sidelined him. Draymond Green was inserted into the starting lineup. Lee then found himself on the bench when he returned to play. In just 49 games, Lee averaged 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds over 18 minutes a game.
Next: What He Brings To San Antonio
Feb 24, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) blocks out Dallas Mavericks forward David Lee (42) at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
High-energy player that is not afraid to throw his body around against others on the block. Lee is an exceptional rebounder and scorer. Having a player with his skills coming off of a bench that already has a lot of weapons have just made San Antonio even dangerous.
For the price, the Spurs got themselves a quality player that easily compliments LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Lee is one of just three players in the NBA to total at least 10,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 1,500 assists over the last 10 seasons: the other two, current Gasol and former San Antonio forward Tim Duncan.