Jackson: 'I've got two guys that should be in the All-Star Game'
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson did not avoid the topic Friday night. He has two All-Stars that belong in Houston Feb. 17.
"I've got two guys that should be in the All-Star Game," Jackson said after Friday's 115-100 win over the Bobcats, beginning the pitch to get a Golden State player in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
David Lee and Stephen Curry have led the Warriors to their best start since the 1991-92 season, when Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin led the Warriors to a 21-8 record. This year, Lee, Curry and the Warriors are out to a 18-9 record, boasting a far more competitive brand of basketball than in previous seasons.
So why is the notion of an All-Star Warrior met with skepticism?
The Warriors have not had a player participate in an NBA All-Star Game since 1997 when Latrell Sprewell averaged 24.2 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. It is the longest active drought by an NBA team.
This season, the Warriors have their best shot at landing someone on the Western Conference All-Star team since Monta Ellis made several All-Star pushes from 2009-2011.
Lee is averaging 20 points and 11.3 rebounds a game, good for fifth in the NBA in rebounds and tenth in the league in scoring. His early-season success culminated in a triple-double Friday against the Bobcats. It was also Lee's 11th straight game with more than 20 points, and his 11th game of the season in which he has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. No player has done that more this season than Lee.
Curry, coming off his share of past ankle injuries, is fully healthy and averaging 20.2 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Through 27 games, Curry is ninth in the league in scoring.
Curry and Lee would be locks for the All-Star Game if they played in the Eastern Conference, where they would be fourth and fifth in scoring, respectively.
Lee and Curry are undoubtedly putting up All-Star-worthy numbers for a team that currently occupies the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture, but All-Star voting can be fickle by nature.
The case for the Warriors' All-Star hopefuls is augmented by the team's winning ways, something Golden State's All-Star candidates since Sprewell have not had in their favor in past campaigns.
What do you think? Should David Lee and Stephen Curry be All-Stars this year?