The Golden State Warriors will probably be the most represented team during this year’s All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Stephen Curry, the leading vote-getter from the Western Conference, was selected as the West’s captain in the first year of the new All-Star Game format. Curry is joined by his teammate Kevin Durant as a starter, and the West’s firepower is accentuated by Houston’s James Harden and the New Orleans twin tower duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
The East’s captain is LeBron James. The other Eastern starters are James’s ex-teammate Kyrie Irving, the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, and DeMar Derozan from the Raptors up North.
This year, both captains must choose their teammates from a pool of all starters and reserves, doing away with conference restrictions. James and Curry must select their starting five from those players above, who were named and voted in as starters by the fans. The reserves are going to be selected by the head coaches of the NBA, and then they’ll be available for selection by either James or Curry on their hand-picked super teams. The new format allows for some fresh, interesting lineups that many viewers will be eager to watch come February.
The Warriors can almost count on having four of their players in LA for All-Star Weekend–besides Curry and Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have been undoubtedly instrumental in the Warriors’ success this season.
Thompson has been having the best year of his career offensively, approaching the coveted 50/40/90 shooting mark with a True Shooting percentage of 60.6%. His 38 point onslaught against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday helped the Warriors escape a tenacious Bulls team at home, keeping their 14-game road win streak alive. The Splash Bro is also shooting a career high in 3 point percentage at 45.4%.
Green’s stat sheet is always stuffed, but there are crucial things that he does on the court that stats don’t account for. His defensive intensity and his ability to command Golden State’s elite defense is a testament to his basketball IQ. He’s averaging a career high in assists this season (7.6) and he’s been a more aggressive scorer so far into this year.
Stephen Curry received the most votes in the West, despite missing 15 games. The games he has played in this season have been phenomenal, and these performances are becoming more familiar, since we are now accustomed to seeing him do the unthinkable on the basketball court. His averages of 27.7 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds this season are comparable to his MVP seasons. He’s playing efficiently, ferociously, a beautifully, all while having an evident joy on the court this season.
All-Star Weekend begins on Friday, February 16, 2018. This year’s event, highlighted by the new schoolyard, captain-picks-team format, is sure to entertain. Who will Curry pick to be on his team?
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