The NBA announced today that Stephen Curry leads all Western Conference players in All-Star votes, and he’s currently second in the NBA in overall votes. Curry has received 755,486 total votes to start the 2015 All-Star Game in New York, and LeBron James currently leads all players with 775,810 votes.
Kobe Bryant is second in the Western Conference in votes and will most likely start alongside Curry in the backcourt at the All-Star Game. Based on this second release of voting figures, it appears as if the starting frontcourt for the Western Conference at the All-Star Game this year will be Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, and Marc Gasol.
The 2015 All-Star Game starters will be announced on January 22nd.
If the pattern continues, Curry will be starting his second consecutive All-Star Game, and this will be his second All-Star Game appearance. At the 2014 All-Star Game, the Golden State Warriors point guard finished with 12 points and 11 assists.
The 2015 All-Star Game will be held on February 15th at Madison Square Garden, and Warriors fans know how well Curry plays at that historic venue. On February 27th, 2013, we were all witnesses to the epic 54-point game that Curry had at Madison Square Garden. In addition to his 54 points, he also had six rebounds and seven assists, he shot 18-for-28 from the field, he shot 7-for-7 from the free throw line, and he shot 11-for-13 from three-point range. Simply stated, it was an unbelievable performance.Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference Kyrie Irving guard (2) of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles around Western Conference guard Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Almost exactly one year later on February 28th, 2014, Curry returned to Madison Square Garden. He didn’t put up 54 points again, but he did record a triple double. No big deal.
He finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. His shooting percentages that game weren’t quite as ridiculous, but he still shot 9-for-19 from the field, 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and 5-for-11 from three-point range.
There is something about Madison Square Garden that brings out the best in Curry. It might be the history behind the arena. It might be the national spotlight that comes with playing at the Garden. It might be Spike Lee.
Whatever it is, Curry plays some of his best basketball at Madison Square Garden, and Warriors fans must be excited to see what Curry can do if he starts the 2015 All-Star Game for the second consecutive year and with the whole nation watching.