It was only a formality that Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry would be named a starter in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
As a matter of fact, Curry was the leading vote-getter among Western Conference guards, surpassing both Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant. Curry was voted a starting guard alongside Bryant, who is currently injured and has said that he will not play in the game.
Curry is the Warriors’ first All-Star starter since Latrell Sprewell in 1995. Sprewell was also the Warriors’ last All-Star before David Lee was selected to the team last season.
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 38.3 percent from beyond the arc, Curry’s 23.5 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.
However, Curry credits the rest of the organization.
“It’s definitely a blessing to have fans and people who notice what we’re trying to do here with changing the culture and winning consistently,” Curry told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I know it’s not just me that did it – that was able to turn things around – so it’s a credit to coach (Mark) Jackson and a credit to every single one of my teammates. If you don’t win as a group, nobody is going to get any love. That’s what it’s all about.”
The NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16 in New Orleans. Here is the list of starters for the West:
- Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
- Stephen Curry (Warriors)
- Kevin Durant (OKC)
- Blake Griffin (Clippers)
- Kevin Love (Timberwolves)