It’s happened again.
Just like it was in the All-Star Game this past season, the Golden State Warriors had one representative in the All-NBA teams, and his name wasn’t Stephen Curry.
David Lee was named to the All-NBA Third Team, which is undoubtedly a deserving honor. He averaged a double-double in the regular season with 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, and provided consistent production at the power forward position. In addition, he was the first Warrior to be named to the All-Star team since Latrell Sprewell way back in 19997.
However, his hip-flexor injury that he suffered in Game 1 against the Nuggets limited his minutes in the postseason. In fact, he wasn’t even expected to play for the rest of the year, but sucked it up and was given limited minutes by head coach Mark Jackson.
On the other hand, Stephen Curry was spurned again. Curry received 72 votes from the panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, behind only Brook Lopez for the player who received the most votes to not make it onto an All-NBA team.
There is no question that Curry deserves to be recognized, but which one of the other guards should be taken out?
James Harden, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, and Chris Paul were the other guards named to the All-NBA teams, and all of them undoubtedly earned that right with incredible seasons.
So the story repeats itself again: Lee in, Curry out, and fans complain.