Don’t worry about trying to make plans for next weekend because we’ve got you covered. NBA All-Star Weekend is February 15-17, and at least one Warriors player will compete in an event on each of the three days, highlighted by David Lee’s participation in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
It all starts on Friday, February 15 when Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes will be playing in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, a game featuring the top rookies and sophomores in the league today as voted on by the NBA’s assistant coaches. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal serve as the opposing general managers and have already drafted their teams. Warriors fans will be happy to know that Thompson and Barnes will be spending even more time on the court together, as both were selected to be members of Team Shaq. Now that the teams have been determined, fans will have the opportunity to vote online for who should be in the starting lineup for each team. Team Chuck won last year, so if you want to help Team Shaq get over the hump, make sure to vote the young Dubs in there.
Next up will be Stephen Curry taking part in the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on Saturday, February 16. Three players representing the Western Conference (Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner, and Curry) and three players representing the Eastern Conference (Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Steve Novak) will compete in the two-round competition. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the Team Round will advance to the Championship Round. Curry, who finished runner-up in the contest as a rookie in 2010, ranks second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.449) and total three-pointers made (142) and is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to hit above 44 percent from three-point range on more than seven attempts per game. All-time, Curry (.444) ranks second behind only Steve Kerr in career three-point percentage (.454). It would only be fitting if Curry, one of the Warriors’ Splash Brothers along with Thompson, brought home the crown.
Last, but certainly not least, David Lee will be playing in the 2013 NBA All-Star game on Sunday, February 17 after recently being selected as a Western Conference All-Star reserve. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week leads all players with 19 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and leads the league with 32 double-doubles. He is also the only player in the NBA averaging at least 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game. This is the second All-Star selection of his career, and Lee’s offensive skill set and adept passing ability should fit in nicely with the free-flowing offensive barrage that the All-Star game has come to be.
For a Warriors team that has defied the odds and outperformed expectations all season long, it’s only right that they’ve been awarded with the All-Star recognition that they have. For years, playing winning basketball as an unofficial prerequisite for All-Star participation has excluded several Warriors players from the annual showcase, but no longer. The Warriors are a talented, winning basketball team, and David Lee, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes now have a chance to show the league exactly how and why.