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Two Time All-Star David Lee Retires

David Lee


Former Golden State Warriors center David Lee announced his retirement from the NBA on Sunday, November 19th.

The 34 year old, who concluded last season with the San Antonio Spurs, played for 5 teams over 12 seasons. He averaged 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Lee last played for Spurs during the 2016 – 2017 season when he averaged 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 79 games.

Lee enjoyed the best years of his career with the Golden State Warriors from 2010 – 2015, earning a reputation as one of the NBA’s best offensive tanks. He averaged 9.6 rebounds and 16.7 points with them. As well as that, he was named in the 2013 NBA All Star game. He was the first Warriors All Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.



He spent the following season as a valuable role player in a championship Golden State side, playing with the likes of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Lee was plagued by injury during his final Warriors season and was replaced by Draymond Green.

After he was traded to the Boston Celtics in the off-season, he played for Dallas before moving to San Antonio. For the Dallas Stars, David Lee played as an efficient offensive player, making a big impact in 20 minute spells.

He made 79 appearances for the Spurs in his final season, his highest since 2013. However, he was an unsigned free agent this year.

The New York Knicks drafted Lee with the 30th overall pick in 2005. A big fish in a small pond, he played for the Knicks for 5 years, earning a place in the 2010 All Star game.

Lee will look back on a career that, while successful, promised a lot more before the injuries. It appears the free agent had no offers to play this season, and decided to retire for good. He announced his retirement on Instagram.

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