OAKLAND -- Warriors forward David Lee was named as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team that was announced Thursday. He's Golden State's first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
Lee, voted in by the Western Conference coaches, will play in his second All-Star game. He was added by Commissioner David Stern as an injury replacement in the 2010 All-Star game in Arlington, Texas. This year's game will be held in Houston on Feb. 17.
Point guard Stephen Curry, the other Warrior in the running for a reserve spot, was not selected.
"For Steph Curry not to make that team is a flat-out joke," Charles Barkley said on the TNT telecast, where the reserves were announced.
Curry is averaging 20.9 points and 6.6 assists per game for the Warriors, who at 26-15 have the fifth-best record in the Western Conference.
Shaquille O'Neal agreed with Barkley that Curry should have been selected, but said, "The question is, will he get upset and raise his game to a new level?"
As good as Curry has been, Lee was the favorite to break the Warriors' All-Star drought, as he is having a stellar year across the board. Lee is averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He's been the Warriors' most consistent producer all season.
But unlike several Warriors stars who have had great numbers in the past -- Jason Richardson, Baron Davis, Monta Ellis -- Lee is doing it for a winning team.
Golden State was nine games over .500 and had the fifth-best record in the Western Conference when the coaches received their ballots last week.
Tweeted Lee: "So proud to be representing the Warriors & the Bay in Houston. Bittersweet moment because my bro @StephenCurry30 deserves it as well!
While Curry won't play in the game unless someone pulls out and he gets in as an alternate, he does lead the league in 3-pointers made and is likely to accept an invite to be in the 3-Point Shootout or the Skills Challenge.
Curry tweeted his congratulations to Lee.
"Congrats to my bro @Dlee042 representing#DubNation in Houston. Proud teammate. Lets go."