In the midst of the Golden State Warriors’ struggles (losing the last 5 out of 7 games), Warrior fans can still have something to be happy about.
Stephen Curry has been finally named an all-star! Not only that he was named an all-start starter. Many people (including head coach Mark Jackson) thought that Curry was snubbed out of last year’s all-star game (and he was completely robbed out of it) and because of that Steph elevated his game in the second half of that season, and broke the record for most 3 pointers made in a season (the mark is now set at 272) and had an electrifying 2013 playoff run.
Now with high expectations, the best shooter in the NBA has taken his game to another level, he has now taken more responsibility handling the ball and initiating the offense, and he has delivered, averaging 23.8 points per game (career high) and 9.3 assists per game (career high and 2nd in the NBA overall). Fans have now recognized his game this year, and have voted him the prestigious honor of being an all-star starter.
He’ll being starting along side:
- Kobe Bryant (shouldn’t be in the all-star game and said he will give up his spot)
- Kevin Durant (who recently said on his twitter account that Curry is the greatest shooter of all time)
- Blake Griffin
- Kevin Love (should be LaMarcus Aldridge)
The Warriors could very possibly have another player from their squad named to the Western Conference All-star team, Warriors Power-forward David Lee has had another great year averaging 19.3 points per game and 9.8 rebounds, coming after his all-star berth last year.
I’m sure getting the Warriors out of this mini slump would make Curry and Warrior fans happier campers but Curry is ecstatic about being voted to his first all-star game.
“Wow. Thanks 2 everyone that supported and that voted for me.” Curry wrote on his twitter account, reaching out to his fans “Amazing feeling and can’t wait to represent my teammates down in NO. #dubnation”
The Warriors are still looking to get back on track, especially on the defensive end of the court, again giving up over 100 points in their 121-120 loss on Friday to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Curry had 33 points and 15 assists but it was the lack of defense that left Warriors head coach Mark Jackson again at a loss for words,
“There is not one guy that is doing his job defensively”, the coach said after the loss
The Warriors once again will have their defense tested going up against the Portland Trailblazers Sunday night, the Trailblazers boast the number one offense in the NBA (averaging 109.5 points per game) and also boast 2 of the best players in the NBA in LaMarcus Aldridge (4th on my MVP ranking) and Damian Lillard. The point guard battle between Lillard and Curry should be fun to watch, both shoot the 3 ball really well both are pick and roll savants. The only question when two really good offensive teams face off against each other is, which team will actually play defense and stop the other first?
The Warriors success will depend if they can back on track defensively, but also if Steph Curry can continue his stellar play that now has him in his first all-star game.