The 2015 NBA All-Star Game starter were officially announced Thursday on TNT and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was selected to the team as a starter for the second consecutive time. Curry was the leading vote-getter of the entire league, beating out LeBron James by about 42,000 votes.
Western Conference starters:
Stephen Curry, Warriors, G
Kobe Bryant, Lakers, G
Anthony Davis, Pelicans, F
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies, F (really a center, which is not an available position on the ballot)
Blake Griffin, Clippers, F
Eastern Conference starters:
John Wall, Wizards, G
Kyle Lowry, Raptors, G
Pau Gasol, Bulls, F (really a center)
LeBron James, Cavaliers, F
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks, F
Interesting to note: Carmelo Anthony of the league-worst -- and biggest media market -- New York Knicks will start. Nobody on the Hawks, despite having the best record in the Eastern Conference and being on a 28-2 run, will start; not Al Horford, not Jeff Teague -- nobody. Also: Kobe Bryant of the 14th-place -- and most valuable franchise, per Forbes -- Los Angeles Lakers was voted to start over Rockets MVP candidate James Harden. However, Bryant is injured, with a torn right shoulder, and may miss the game; so Harden may get the start he *deserves* after all.
Also of note, Steve Kerr and the entire Warriors staff will coach the the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, by virtue of holding the best record in the entire Western Conference, currently at 34-6 -- the best record in the NBA. On pace to be one of the best teams in NBA history, in fact. (But, I thought they're not that good! Right, James Harden?)
Stephen Curry will also participate in the Three-Point Shootout once again. He has not won this event, yet.
Stephen Curry on competing in the Three-Point Contest over All-Star Weekend: "I’m doing that until I win it. I’m salty about that."— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) January 21, 2015
The next big thing for Warriors fans to watch is whether Klay Thompson will make the team after the fans voted other guards into the starting lineup. The question is not so much whether he's deserving of consideration as much as whether the coaches view him among the best of the remaining options.