This year, it will be more than just Dubs’ fans who would think that the sharpshooter deserves a spot in the NBA’s night of pomp and pageantry. Curry only received 169,083 fan votes in the 2012-13 season and will definitely receive more for next season.
The question will be whether he can beat out Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul, which will likely not happen. Despite Bryant’s health concerns, he will almost definitely be healthy by February and Paul has the benefit of playing in one of the most major population centers in the United States meaning that he will probably edge out Curry.
That means that Golden State’s Golden Child will have to take his chances to reserve voting, meaning that his chances will solely rely on the coaches of the other teams. It may seem as though Curry would be a shoe-in for at least an All-Star reserve as just last year, those same coaches (give or take a few) decided that Curry’s colleague David Lee was worthy of the distinction. The issue arises from the fact that the West is already so stacked.
The West All-Star reserves last year were LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, James Harden, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph, Russell Westbrook and obviously David Lee. It’s hard seeing Curry pushing out any of those players when each of them are arguably top five in each of their positions, excluding David Lee, who will likely be replaced by Kevin Love.
Quite frankly, it is entirely possible that Curry will not make the All-Star game this year because of the fierce competition. His best chance comes in the form of LaMarcus Aldridge, as he is a player on a team that likely won’t do amazing this year and he has only made the All-Star game twice, meaning that Curry has a good chance of knocking him off.