David Lee is not on the list of reserves for the Eastern Conference all-star team, a source with knowledge of the results confirmed with Newsday. The names won't be officially revealed until tonight's TNT broadcast. The Daily News first reported it earlier in the day.
It's a somewhat surprising result for a player who has, statistically, been the most effective center in the East. What obviously worked against Lee was the Knicks poor record, a 50-point loss on Sunday and Lee's unimpressive reputation as a interior defender.
But there's still no question Lee's game continues to evolve with each season. He has grown from a scrappy rebounder to a rebounder and a scorer to now also a player who can move the ball and make good passes. The final frontier, of course, will be to find a way to be effective at the other end of the floor. At 6-9 without a quick leap, he just isn't built to be a shot-blocker and he's undersized against most big centers on the post.
The Knicks go another year without representation on Sunday. That's now nine straight years without a Knick in the all-star game.