The Golden State Warriors went through one of the longest droughts ever before having an All-Star. In 2013, David Lee became the first one for the team since 1997 when Latrell Sprewell represented the blue and yellow in the mid-season classic. Prior to that, guys like Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, and even Stephen Jackson were snubbed. Stardom was all but lost in the Bay Area basketball scene until a player by the name of Stephen Curry saved the day.
After not being elected to the All-Star game when everyone expected him to be in the 2012-13 season, Curry was in the 2014 and 2015 annual installments. He was actually the leading vote getter in the latter. With Golden State having the best record and being the talk of the league, the days of the Warriors struggling to get one guy in the game is officially over. Now comes the tough questions: how many Warriors will be in the All-Star Game? How many of them will start? Will anyone be snubbed? When you break down all the potential spots and names, it seems like two guys are a lock, one is almost certainly going to get in, but figuring out who starts can be an issue.
Stephen Curry Unless Justin Bieber keeps voting for Chris Paul and if Russell Westbrook had the same fan support and season that Steph Curry is having, the odds of the baby-faced assassin starting in the All-Star game is as good as his jumper. The reigning MVP is the most exciting player to watch in the league and arguably the very best. Basketball fans love him, non-basketball fans love him. Moms, kids, almost everyone enjoys Curry.
Curry continues to dazzle everyone with his savvy handles and beautiful jump shot. He has taken the next step this season and is playing even better now than he did when he won the Most Valuable Player award. He is the most popular player in the game and one of the most popular athletes in the world. There is no doubt that he will start in the All-Star Game and he is well deserving of it.
Draymond Green The 6'7" forward that some scouts expected to play in Europe before he was drafted into the NBA is having one hell of a season. His league-leading 8 triple doubles is two times more than anyone else has and he leads all forwards in assists. And yes, LeBron James is still in the league. Green is becoming one of the top players in the NBA and has himself in the MVP race this season as well. After finishing runner-up in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season, Green has been playing the best basketball of his career and looks like a superstar in the making. He's so important to the team that they lost to the Denver Nuggets when he took the night off to rest his ankle.
He can guard any position on the floor and won't back down from anyone. He is one of the best passers in the NBA and has a consistent 3-point jumper that compliments the Splash Brothers perfectly. He is the heartbeat of the team and should start in the NBA All-Star Game. If voting were to end today, he would be alongside Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant in the frontcourt. With Kawhi Leonard breathing down his neck, this third position will go down to the wire. Coaches will vote in Green regardless, but it'd be huge for a guy who was so doubted coming into the league to get the start. He has played like the best power forward in the NBA this season and should be the starter.
Klay Thompson While Curry and Green were hot out of the gates, Thompson started the season slow. As of late, he's picked up his play. His shooting numbers are back to where they need to be and he's passing the ball better than he ever has. While Thompson isn't the most popular player in the NBA, he gains a lot of attention for being Curry's Splash Brother and for playing on the most fun team to watch in the league. I mean, who can forget that 37 point quarter?
Thompson won't surpass Curry, Paul, or Westbrook to get the nod for the starting line-up but he should be voted in by the coaches. James Harden is the only other guard in the West that will be voted in by the coaches as a reserve before Thompson, and even that might be up for debate with how poor the Houston Rockets have looked all season. For the long-time suffering Warriors fans, three starters in the All-Star Game would be spectacular. However, it's unlikely. It's easy to get carried away and spoiled, but Curry, Green, and Thompson should all be in Toronto this February for the game with Luke Walton (or Steve Kerr) calling the shots from the sideline.