In 2013, Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry missed out on a much-deserved All-Star position, simply because he was going up against other well-known candidates. Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith disagreed with it, of course, and said that the coaches were stupid for not selecting Curry, who had hurt most of the Western Conference teams.
Curry proceeded to average over 22 PPG in the remaining games of the season, including a breakout games in which he scored 54 points against the New York Knicks and 47 against the Los Angeles Lakers. This proved that he is an incredible shooter, and deserved to be an All-Star.
He started each game slow in the playoffs but always managed to finish very hot. In the first game of the second round, Curry scored 44 points in a losing effort in double overtime.
The lone All-Star on the Warriors, David Lee, was at a severe disparity with the torn hip flexor, but Curry really showed us that he can lead the Warriors by himself.
Will he be an All-Star next year?
1. Stephen Curry:
The fact that Curry wasn’t even selected for an all-NBA team is ridiculous. I’m sure he’s not focused on that, however, and I’m sure he just wants to prove to everyone that he’s the real deal, and he wants his team to be better. That all may be true, but it’s always nice to get some recognition. Everyone has seen what Curry is capable of doing, and although he may never be able to be the starting point guard in the all-star game, he at least deserves a reserve spot. At least.
2. David Lee:
Lee may have been an All-Star last year, but he would have come off the bench for a stretch of about two minutes and then sat down again. No one really saw Lee as an All-Star even though he lead the league in double-doubles. That’s pretty impressive.
He may be getting older, but his smart play still enables him to inhale rebounds, get to the basket, and shoot the jump-shot. He’s getting paid more, and he’s not getting any worse. He will be an All-Star again next year.
Thompson didn’t really break out in the playoffs, but occasionally, he showed flashes of greatness like his 34-point, 14 rebound performance against the Spurs in Game 2 of the second round. He has nowhere to go but up, and since he is so young, he can get rid of his inconsistency. Instead of scoring two points one night and 30 the next, he’ll be able to consistently score close to 20 points per game, and when he’s doing that the Warriors are winning.
He’s highly regarded as one of the best shooters in the NBA already, and if he continues to do that amongst other things such as playing defense, he will end up being an All-Star. Unfortunately for Thompson, he’s not yet recognized as one of the league’s top shooting guards, but he’s getting there.
Barnes was the opposite of Thompson, as he didn’t have a super regular season at 9.2 PPG, but he had a fantastic postseason at 16.2 PPG. A star broke out in the playoffs, and when Barnes was driving to the basket and scoring, things were looking very good for him. Unfortunately for Barnes, he’s now only a sophomore, and doesn’t quite have what it takes to let his talent transform him into an All-Star. He’ll get there soon.