Thursday January 24, 2013Gator Greats David Lee & Joakim Noah Chosen for NBA All-Star Game
A pair of Gator greats have been named to the NBA All-Star game, as the league released the remaining roster spots on Thursday. Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) garnered his first career All-Star selection, joining the Eastern Conference team, and David Lee (Golden State Warriors) earned a spot on the Western Conference squad. Lee and Noah are two of 11 players in the league currently averaging at least 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Florida is one of five schools sending two players to this years All-Star Game (Duke, Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest) and the only SEC team with that distinction. It marks the second time in four years the Gators have had multiple players in the game as Lee and Al Horford were both All-Stars in 2010.
Lee is averaging 19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds to earn his second overall All-Star selection and first with the Western Conference, previously playing as a 2010 Eastern Conference representative while with the New York Knicks. He ranks second in the NBA with 26 double-doubles this season and has an NBA-best 17 games with 20 points and 10 rebounds. In December, Lee became the fourth player in NBA history to have a 12-game streak with at least 20 points and eight rebounds while shooting .500 from the field, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille ONeal. He is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Noahs selection marks the first All-Star honor of his career. He is averaging a 12.2 points and 10.9 rebounds and has 20 double-doubles overall for the Central Division-leading Bulls this season. Earlier this season, Noah posted career highs with 30 points and 23 rebounds against Detroit on Dec. 7. His 10 games with a points/rebounds double-double and at least five assists are second in the NBA this season, trailing only LeBron James (11).
The NBA All-Star Game will be held in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 17.
2013 NBA All-Stars by College
Florida David Lee, Joakim Noah
Duke Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving
Texas LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant
UCLA Jrue Holiday, Russell Westbrook
Wake Forest Tim Duncan, Chris Paul
Arizona State James Harden
Fresno State Paul George
Georgia Tech Chris Bosh
Kentucky Rajon Rondo
Marquette Dwyane Wade
Michigan State Zach Randolph
Oklahoma Blake Griffin
Syracuse Carmelo Anthony
Other All-Star selections
Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Tony Parker