Warriors' Lee wins Western Conference honor

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Warriors' Lee wins Western Conference honor
January 6, 2014, 1:45 pm
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David Lee becomes the fourth Warriors player to win the honor at least three times, joining Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Baron Davis. (AP IMAGES)

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Team prosperity has a way of reaching the individuals responsible, and David Lee on Monday benefitted from the recent success of the Warriors.

Lee was named Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points (on 67.2 percent shooting), 10.5 rebounds as the Warriors went undefeated in games at Orlando, Miami, Atlanta and Washington.

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It's a richly deserved honor not only because the Warriors have been the hottest team in the NBA but also because Lee, after a modest first month, has been a central figure in the resurgence.

The ninth-year power forward ranks 11th in the league in rebounding (9.8) and 24th in scoring (19.0). He becomes the fourth Warriors player to win the honor at least three times, joining Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Baron Davis.

"David Lee has been off the charts,'' coach Mark Jackson said after Lee's 32-point, 14-rebound performance in the victory over the defending champion Heat. "The last 10, 12 games, he's looked like David Lee.''

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Which translates into a drive to make the All-Star team. Though Lee last season became the first Warrior since 1997 named to the Western Conference squad, the frontcourt competition may be even fiercer this season.

While Lee ranks 11th in rebounding and 24th in scoring, Minnesota forward Kevin Love leads the league in rebounding and is second in scoring. Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge is sixth in both categories. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is the league's No. 1 scorer.

Meanwhile, there are such stars as Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki to consider.

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