|Birthplace:||St. Louis, MO|
|Draft:||First round, 30th overall|
|Drafted By:||New York|
|NBA Career:||2005 - present|
David Lee (born April 29, 1983 in St. Louis, Missouri) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on February 22, 2016.
Lee attended Chamenade College Prep in St. Louis where he was a McDonald's All-American, named First Team High School All-American by Parade Magazine and was 2001's Mr. Show-Me Basketball, all in his senior year.
Highly recruited out of high school, Lee elected to play his college ball at the University of Florida. In four years both his minutes per game scoring average rose each year. As a freshman, he played in 31 games averaging 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds while being named to the All-SEC Freshman team. The next year he increased his scoring and rebounding to 11.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg and was named Second Team All-SEC.
It was his senior season when he really took off and in 32 games averaged 13.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. That success led to Lee bring drafted in the first round (30th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.
In his rookie season the 6'9 forward posted 5.1 points over 67 games. The next year Lee almost doubled his scoring average with 10.7 points per game. He was the MVP of the sophomore team in the Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend. Unfortunately, within a couple of weeks, he suffered a sprained ankle and missed most of the rest of the season only seeing action in 58 games.
2009-2010 was Lee's fifth and final season in New York. He appeared in 81 games and averaged a career-high 20.2 points per game. He was also named to the Eastern Conference team for the NBA All-Star Game as a replacement for Allen Iverson making him the first Knick in almost a decade to be named to the All-Star team.
Following the season, Lee was involved in a sign and trade deal to the Golden State Warriors in return for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Kalenna Azubuike and a future second round draft pick. In his first season by the Bay, he started all 73 games he played in and averaged 16.5 points.
2012-2013 saw Lee named to his second NBA All-Star Game and with 18.5 points over 79 games, named to the All-NBA Third Team.
Lee's final season in Golden State was 2014-2015 when he was forced to miss 24 of the team's first 25 games due to a strained left hamstring. Upon his return, he had lost his starting job and came off the bench averaging 7.9 points over 49 games. His efforts did, however, help the Warriors to the NBA Championship that season.
Following that championship season, Lee was traded on July 27, 2015 to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb. His stay in Boston was short however as after only 30 games (7.1 ppg) he was waived on February 19, 2016.
Three days later he joined the Mavericks on a multi-year deal.