Last season, the Golden State Warriors had a representative at the All-Star Game for the first time since 1997. It is safe to say that they will not be without an All-Star this year and probably for many years to come.
The Warriors had six (count ‘em, six) players on the ballot for the 2014 All-Star Game, which is the most out of any team in the Western Conference and tied with the Pacers for the most in the league.
Their six potential All-Stars are, not surprisingly, their starting lineup and their sixth man: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, and Harrison Barnes.
Last season, Lee was the Warriors’ lone All-Star, making it as a reserve in the West. However, many fans, players, and coaches around the league were upset that Curry was not selected as a reserve despite shooting 45.1 percent from 3-point range halfway through the season.
This year, things may be a bit different. With the Warriors coming out of nowhere as the surprise of the league last season, they have risen to become a formidable opponent and others teams around the league have slowly become wary of Golden State. It should be a foregone conclusion that Curry will be an All-Star if he keeps up his 20.3 points per game average and continues shooting above 45.0 percent from beyond the arc.
It is too early in the season to tell which players on the Warriors roster deserve to get an All-Star nod, but it should come as a refresher that so many of their players will be considered.
Last year, after Curry was snubbed, head coach Mark Jackson spoke out.
“We know who the jurors are,” Jackson said, referring to the Western Conference’s head coaches (via the San Francisco Chronicle). “I think you have to question the process. I’m not going to go all Dr. King on us, but you’ve got to stand for what’s right, man. These guys have changed this whole organization. They have led. They have sacrificed. They have defended. They have competed.”
Indeed, they have changed the organization for the better.