For the first time since Latrell Sprewell in 1995, the Golden State Warriors have a player named by the fans as a starter in the All-Star game. On the strength of his season averages of 23.5 points, 9.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds to go with 1.88 steals and 37.9 minutes in 40 games, Stephen Curry will make his first appearance in the NBA All-Star game on February 16 in New Orleans, ending the 19 year drought for the Warriors.
Curry, 25, received 1,047,281 votes in the final returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint to earn the nod as a Western Conference starter. He was one of just four players to receive over 1 million votes, joining Lebron James (1,416,419), Kevin Durant (1,396,294) and Paul George (1,211,318). He received the most votes for his position, totaling more fan votes than both Bryant and Durant, becoming the first Warrior player to lead the vote for his position since Rick Barry in 1976.
He joins a starting roster of Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves). The Eastern Conference starters include Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers) and Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks).
Curry burst onto the national scene last season with his record-setting 272 three-pointers, as well as a huge game on national TV against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in which he scored 54 points in a losing effort. He furthered his reputation with a strong performance in the NBA Playoffs last season, averaging 19.8 points, 8.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 12 games. He helped lead the Warriors to a game six against the San Antonio Spurs, and has led them to a 26-17 record this season, currently the number six seed in the Western Conference.
This marks the fourth time that Curry has participated in the All-Star weekend. He previously won the Skills Challenge in 2011 and twice participated in the Rising Stars Challenge (2010 and 2011) and Three-Point Contest (2010 and 2013).