OAKLAND — As a captain in the upcoming All Star Game, Stephen Curry will have no shortage of teammates to pick from. The Golden State Warriors will have four players in the NBA’s midseason showcase for the second year in a row as Curry will be joined by Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
It will be the first time in league history that a team has four All Stars in back-to-back years.
Curry and Durant were voted starters by fans, media and fellow players. Coaches selected Thompson and Green as reserves.
“Obviously, it’s something that you want, something to be excited about,” Green said at shootaround on Tuesday. “I do know it’s a tough pool.”
Under the new format, LeBron James will pick first and Curry will follow as the two-leading vote getters fill out teams regardless of conference affiliation.
Durant, the presumed No. 1 pick, said Monday that he didn’t care who picked him.
“I’m down for anything,” he said. “I’m prepared to switch out on Steph in the pick and roll and force him to the rim and try to block his shot. I’m looking forward to that if I’m on the other team, and I’m looking forward to competing against LeBron if I’m on Steph’s team. So I’m preparing for both sides.”
Durant said he expects players to go harder this season due to the new format.
He also said players selected at the end of the draft shouldn’t feel bad for themselves.
“Who cares?” Durant said. “… Imagine Victor Oladipo, first-time All Star, upset that he ain’t get picked with an early pick in the All-Star Game. Nah, you don’t take that type of stuff for granted. You enjoy just being a part of it. No matter where you get picked, it’s going to be a fun, fun opportunity to showcase your skills in front of people but also to celebrate basketball.”
This year will be Durant’s eighth-straight trip to the All Star Game. He’s averaging 26.2 points per game (51 percent from the field) with 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. In his best defensive season as a pro, he has the third-most blocks in the league.
Curry is a five-time All Star. He’s averaging 27.4 points and 6.5 assists per game. He’s made 133 3-pointers this season.
Thompson was named to his fourth All Star team. He’s shooting a career-high 45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Green is a three-time All Star who isn’t worried about getting his fair share of recognition despite being a defensive player.
“I’ve gotten my recognition,” Green said. “I’m not the guy who’s going to say they don’t recognize me, they don’t realize what i do. I think i’ve gotten quite a bit of recognition for what I bring to the floor. Probably more so that’s ever gotten that does what I do.”
The All Star Game will be Feb. 18 in Los Angeles at Staples Center. James and Curry’s draft picks will be revealed on Thursday at 4 p.m.
All Stars from the Eastern Conference
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Giannis Anteokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
- Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
- Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
- Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
- Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
- Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
- John Wall, Washington Wizards
- Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
- Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Al Horford, Boston Celtics
All Stars from the Western Conference
- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
- Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
- James Harden, Houston Rockets
- DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans
- Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
- Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
- LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
- Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves