The Golden State Warriors are having a fantastic season thus far, and in turn, we knew at least one Warrior would be selected as an All-Star reserve.
It turned out that Warriors’ forward, David Lee, was named as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. He’s Golden State’s first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell was selected in 1997.
Point guard Stephen Curry, who has had a phenomenal season, was certainly in the run for a reserve spot, but was not selected. Curry is one of the league’s best 3-point shooters and is averaging impressive numbers across the board – 20.9 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. He is one of three players averaging at least 20 points, six assists and four rebounds – the other two are LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
“For Steph Curry not to make that team is a flat-out joke,” Charles Barkley said on the TNT telecast when the reserves were announced.
Head coach Mark Jackson still can’t believe guard Curry was left off the Western Conference All-Star team.
“He is an All-Star,” Jackson said before Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. “The thing I talk about is he stands for everything that’s right. If you’re a coach, he’s the one guy you should vote for. I wish coaches had the luxury of watching this guy go about his business every day. I wish coaches had the luxury of watching this guy’s energy, effort, enthusiasm, leadership ability today after being snubbed.”
As good as Curry has been, Lee was the favorite to break the Warriors’ All-Star drought, as he is having an incredible year across the board. He is averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He’s been the Warriors’ most consistent producer throughout the season as well.
Unlike previous seasons, the Warriors are currently fifth place in the Western Conference and are 26-16 on the season. Without a winning record and all the success that has came with this season so far, David Lee and Stephen Curry probably wouldn’t of gotten a fair shot at the All-Star game.