I was reading a post that was posted a few days/hours ago and it has me thinking ahead into All-Star Weekend. This will probably be a year where the Warriors might have a reasonable amount of representation in the festivities. So I will talk about each event and why the "selected" Warrior has the chance to be involved:
I know some may be thinking I'm crazy for even putting his name into the conversation but just hear me out. With the hype, the fact that his ethnic background is rare in this league and that he plays for his hometown, he has developed and with the huge fan base he has developed it will only be natural for the league to put him in the national spotlight. With All-Star weekend being in Los Angeles he will be getting cheered on as if it was nobody's business. If Jeremy Lin can come off the bench and average 8PPG 2.5 RPG & 3-5 APG for the W's he will be on that roster. And with this draft not being too deep with guards it makes it much easier for him to make the squad.
(LOL just kidding, but get well soon!)
Well, he was there last year and everybody who believes in this kid knows he will develop into a much better player this upcoming season. Steph is pretty much guaranteed a spot as long as he stays "healthy". This game is one of the four festivities I can actually see Stephen Curry invited to participate in during the 2011 All-Star Weekend. The Face of the Franchise is ready to take his popularity to the next level!
Other Possible Festivities: Three-Point Shootout, Skills Challenge, All-Star Game
Reggie Williams has opened plenty of eyes during this year's Summer League and I can see even more people watching him before the 2010-2011 season is completely over. He has the potential to be this year's 6th Man Of The Year as long as he can stay "healthy" as well. I think he is the reason Ammo was made much more expendable this summer than we all happened to have realized. Let's just hope he can make the loss of a fan favorite more than just acceptable to the fan base.
If Monta can go back to being the efficient Monta Ellis we all fell in love with back during the 2007-2008 season he has as good a chance of making the team like anybody else. And as long as this team is around .500 during majority of the season he, along with three other Warriors, can have his name placed on the 2011 West Roster. And who wouldn't wanted to see Monta in another dunk fest (like the 2007 Rookie-Sophomore Game)?
Other Possible Festivities: That "HORSE" Competition
He's only going to get better. And it doesn't hurt his cause that he is a loved locally and nationally as well.
David Lee was already an All-Star last year and he has an even greater chance of making it this year as a lot of Power Forwards went to the East Coast. His numbers should be about the same as Steph Curry, Monta Ellis, & Reggie Williams will be drawing a lot of attention helping him with open looks as well. Maybe he'll even be holding the trophy again at the end of the 2011 All-Star Weekend.
The center position on the All-Star ballot is always the shakiest and it's not hard to imagine AB15 making the team under one condition; he gets his confidence back. Majority of the centers (Yao, Bynum, Nene, T. Chandler) are continuously injured leaving opened spots for those like Biedrins who can have a breakout year and be there on that stage, hopefully with a fellow teammate(s).
On A Side Note:
This Warriors team has the potential to receive recognition on a national level this year and if that is done there might be a line of studs asking to come play here with a "soon to be" elite point guard (Curry), a prolific scorer (Ellis), a rebounding machine (Biedrins), and an efficient big man (Lee). This Warriors team has the potential to become well-known by All-Star Weekend but it all depends on a few things:
- MUST STAY HEALTHY
- MUST WIN GAMES
- NO CONTROVERSY, NO SCANDALS
NOW LETS GO 2010-2011 WARRIORS!