Considering the NBA play of Morrow and Buike last year, and the fact that we have had 2 years of media-hyped, solid NCAA play from Curry to review, I think it is reasonable to expect that the Warriors will have three players in the NBA top 5 for 3 point shooting at the All Star break.
A lot of teams have had the potential for two. I can't think of another team who has ever had a legitmate chance at three, so please jump in if you have the memory for it.
Curry is a big "if" right now, but I think he will earn a decent amount of playing time based on his collegiate play, draft position, summer performance, and pedigree, and it will be easier for him to get 3pt shot off than do anything else as a rookie. Everyone knows he can shoot, so he will be guarded, but finishing inside and distributing the ball are much more difficult than finding his spot and catching/shooting.
Here are last year's stats for each player:
Azibuike 94-210 0.448 4th in league at year end
Morrow 86-184 0.467 Lead the league
Curry 130-336 0.387 5th in NCAA at year end based on made 3pters
The NBA has no responsibility to select anyone for the 3pt shootout based on their performance. We all watched the Dubs get egregiously snubbed last year so they could select based on a mysterious agenda. But let's say these three lead the league at the break and have made enough shots to meet the volume requirements.
Would the NBA dare to completely diss our team again?
What should our reaction be if that takes place?
I would not be surprised if they ignore 1 or 2 of the guys if they are sent to the Frosh/Soph game. The NBA considers any amount of participation in the weekend to be so amazing that players should kiss Stern's feet for simply being allowed in, but I find the 3pt Shootout to be far more prestigious, especially when you have earned a spot by out-performing your peers. Not to mention way more people watch it than watch the rookie game.
As an NBA fan, I would rather have the drama of the league's best shooters competing against each other, even if several participants are from the same team. The NBA could hype that up as a dominant shooting team with players who are seeking to show each other who the man really is. They can pretend like they hate each other during the contest and talk mad trash to make it interesting for the casual fan.
Is that crazy?