OAKLAND -- Golden State Warriors forward David Lee has earned All-NBA Third Team honors for the 2012-13 season, the league announced today. The All-NBA selection is the first of Lee’s career and also marks the first time that the Warriors have had a player earn such accolades since Latrell Sprewell was a First Team selection in 1993-94.
Lee, 30, appeared in 79 regular season games this season, averaging 18.5 points (15th in NBA), 11.2 rebounds (T-4th), 3.5 assists and 36.8 minutes (15th) per contest, while shooting 51.9 percent (21st) from the field. The eight-year veteran was the only player in the NBA to average at least 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in 2012-13, becoming just the fifth Warriors player ever to post those numbers in a single season –- joining Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Jerry Lucas and Neil Johnston.
The 6-foot-9 forward led the NBA with 56 point/rebound double-doubles, becoming the first Warriors player to lead the NBA in the category since Chamberlain in 1963-64. Lee also led the league in 20-point/10-rebound games with 31, the most by a Warriors player since Thurmond in 1971-72. Golden State posted a 25-6 record in Lee’s 31 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
For his efforts this season, Lee was also named to the Western Conference All-Star Team, becoming the first Warriors player to earn All-Star recognition since Sprewell in 1997. Additionally, Lee was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the weeks ending Dec. 16, 2012, and Feb. 3, 2013, becoming the first Warriors player since Baron Davis in 2004-05 to win the weekly award twice in one season.
In addition to his work on the court, Lee was also one of 10 finalists for the NBA’s Kia Community Assist Award for the 2012-13 season, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.
The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Courtesy Golden State Warriors media services