Curry received most fan votes in Western Conference, will serve as Captain Of Team Steph
Oakland, CA – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant have been named starters in the 67th NBA All-Star Game, the league announced today. Curry, who received more fan votes than any Western Conference player (2,379,494), will serve as captain of Team Steph with Cleveland’s LeBron James serving as captain of Team LeBron. Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, Curry and James will select their respective teams from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves. For the second consecutive year, NBA players and basketball media joined fans in selecting the All-Star Game starters. Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.
Curry will make his fifth All-Star appearance and is the first Warriors player to be named an All-Star starter in five-consecutive seasons. This marks Durant’s ninth-consecutive All-Star appearance and his seventh time as a starter (2011-14, 2016-18). For the third time in four years, the Warriors will have two players start the All-Star game (Curry & Klay Thompson in 2015 and Curry & Durant in 2017).
This season, Curry is averaging a team-high 27.7 points, 6.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.65 steals in 32.7 minutes over 31 games (all starts). In Golden State’s 127-123 overtime victory on Nov. 29 at L.A. Lakers, Curry tallied 13 of his 28 points in overtime, which is the most points he’s scored in a regular-season overtime period and the most in the last 20 seasons in Warriors franchise history. On Dec. 4 at New Orleans, the guard connected on five 3-pointers, becoming the eighth player in NBA history to make 2,000 career 3-pointers and the fastest player to reach the milestone (597 games played). Curry was named Week 12 Western Conference Player of the Week, his 11th career weekly award.
Durant, who was the conference’s top frontcourt fan vote-getter (2,238,406), is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the NBA), 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists (19th) and a career-best 2.05 blocks (4th) in 34.7 minutes in 38 games (all starts). On Jan. 10 versus the L.A. Clippers, Durant scored 40 points to become the 44th player in NBA history, and 2nd-youngest (LeBron James), to score 20,000 career points. Additionally, he became the first player to accomplish the feat in a Warriors uniform. Earlier this season, Durant was named Week 8 Western Conference Player of the Week, his 26th career weekly award.
Curry has taken part in NBA All-Star Weekend in seven of his previous eight campaigns, averaging 18.5 points, 7.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.75 steals and 27.8 minutes in his four appearances in the All-Star Game (2014-17). Curry has also participated in the Three-Point Contest five times (2010, 2013-16)—winning the event in 2015 before finishing as runner-up to teammate Klay Thompson last year—in addition to the Shooting Stars Competition (2014 & 2015), the Rising Stars Challenge (2010 & 2011) and the Skills Challenge (won the event in 2011).
Durant has participated in NBA All-Star Weekend in all 10 of his previous seasons in the league, appearing in the Rising Stars Challenge in 2008 and 2009 before being named to the Western Conference All-Star Team in each of his last nine campaigns. In eight appearances (six starts) in the All-Star Game (2010-17), Durant owns averages of 25.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.63 steals in 26.8 minutes and was named All-Star Game MVP in 2012. The four-time NBA scoring champion is the only player in NBA history to score 30-or-more points in four consecutive All-Star games (2011-14). Durant has also participated in the Three-Point Contest (2011 & 2012) and the Shooting Stars Competition (2014) at NBA All-Star Weekend.
The Warriors own the best record in the NBA at 37-9 (.804) including an NBA-high 21 road wins (21-3). Golden State has won 14-consecutive road contests, which is tied for the best mark in franchise history (14, 10/30-12/11/15) and tied for the third-longest streak in NBA history.
Joining Curry and Durant in the starting lineups are Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), DeMarcus Cousins (Pelicans), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Joel Embiid (76ers), James Harden (Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Celtics), LeBron James (Cavaliers).
TNT will unveil the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET. The team rosters will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET. The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 16th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage.
|MULTIPLE ALL-STAR STARTERS IN WARRIORS HISTORY|
|2018||Stephen Curry & Kevin Durant|
|2017||Stephen Curry & Kevin Durant|
|2015||Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson|
|1967||Rick Barry & Nate Thurmond|
|1966||Rick Barry, Guy Rodgers & Nate Thurmond|
|1956||Paul Arizin & Neil Johnston|
|1952||Paul Arizin & Andy Phillip|
|1951||Joe Fulks & Andy Phillip|
For more information on the Golden State Warriors 2017-18 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, visit warriors.com.