Last season, the Golden State Warriors were rewarded with their first All-Star in 15 years when David Lee was selected as a reserver.
This season, they may have a starter.
The NBA has released the latest update on the 2014 All-Star Game voting, and Stephen Curry has passed Clippers’ guard Chris Paul for second amongst all Western Conference guards. As of Thursday, Curry has 677,372 votes, and Paul has 651,073. Both of them trail the leader, Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant, who has 844,538 votes.
However, Curry may wind up starting by default anyway. Both Bryant and Paul are out with injuries, and neither is expected to heal by the All-Star Game on Feb. 16. Paul is out for at least with six weeks with a shoulder injury, and Bryant has said that he probably won’t be ready.
If neither Bryant nor Paul is able to play, then Curry and Rockets’ guard Jeremy Lin (471,980 votes) would be the starting backcourt, based on the current votes. The frontcourt, if the votes hold up, would consist of Kevin Durant of the Thunder (1,054,209 votes), and the Rockets’ Dwight Howard (509,116 votes).
After being snubbed from the game last season, Curry’s popularity has soared in the past year, due to his breakout performance in the playoffs and more and more national recognition. Although he is shooting a career-low 38.9 percent from beyond the arc, Curry’s 23.1 points per game average is a career-high. He is arguably the heart and soul of the Warriors team, and it’s about time that the rest of the league gives him his due credit.