Golden State Warriors: Predicting Which Dubs Will Be All-Stars In 2013-14

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David Lee (Power Forward-Center): 40 percent

Mar 02, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand (42) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Warriors 105-83. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

At first glance, it would seem that David Lee’s chances at grabbing an All-Star spot are minimal. Yes, he is a double-double machine and had more 20-point-10-rebound games than anyone else in the league last year. However, look at the competition in the West at the power forward position: Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Zach Randolph, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Serge Ibaka, Kenneth Faried, etc.

Lee’s saving grace is that he can play the center position as well, and in today’s era of small-ball basketball, he thrives in that role. This is why he was selected as an All-Star last year, and it is why he has a good shot at being on the All-Star squad again in 2013-14.

Rather than face the imposing list of players at power forward, he will be up against shoo-in Dwight Howard and the Gasol’s – Pau and Marc. Save for the unlikely event that JaVale McGee or DeAndre Jordan have a blockbuster beginning of the season, or his hip flexor injury is not fully healed, David Lee is in good position for a return to the All-Star game.

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