When the NBA All-Star reserves were announced last night Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s name wasn’t among them, to the shock of many. So that leads up to this question: What does a player have to do to make an NBA All-Star team these days?
Some would say the player needs to score a lot of points. Well, Curry currently ranks eighth in the NBA scoring at 20.9 points per game, one spot behind All-Star Russell Westbrook and three spots ahead of Tony Parker. So Curry fits the bill in the scoring department.
Others will point to team success as an All-Star bid qualifier. Well, Curry’s Warriors are currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference, ahead of All-Star reserve LaMarcus Aldridge’s Portland Trail Blazers (currently ninth) and James Harden’s Houston Rockets (eighth). So Curry has this one covered as well.
The only real argument for leaving Curry off the Western Conference All-Star team was that with his equally-deserving teammate David Lee being chosen and a surplus of guards already on the roster, there wasn’t room to for Curry. While that’s a valid point, the case can be argued that Curry is more deserving than Tony Parker this season, if for nothing more than his contributions to turning the Warriors into a contender.
In any case, Stephen Curry was snubbed. Curry is not only the leader for a playoff-level team, but he is also one of the most exciting young players in the NBA and also one of the best shooters overall in the league. Curry has a game more suited for the bright lights of All-Star than Tony Parker’s. He deserves to be on the team, in one way or another.