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Klay Thompson Named Starter on Western Conference All-Star Team
Joins Backcourt Mate Stephen Curry in Starting Lineup as First Pair of Warriors All-Star Starters Since 1967
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been named a starter on the NBA Western Conference All-Star team, the league announced today. Thompson and two-time All-Star and teammate Stephen Curry will be the first Warriors duo to start the All-Star Game since 1967, when Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond both earned the starting assignment at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
Thompson, who will make his first career All-Star appearance, is averaging career highs of 22.1 points (10th in the NBA), 3.0 assists and 1.22 steals to go with 3.4 rebounds and 32.5 minutes in 49 games (all starts), hitting career marks of 47.1 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from three-point range (sixth). The only three-time winner of the Western Conference Player of the Week Award this season, Thompson will also make his first appearance in the Three-Point Contest as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
Curry—who will also participate in the Three-Point Contest and Shooting Stars competition—and Thompson will make the All-Star start for Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr and his staff, who were selected to lead the Western Conference by virtue of the Warriors owning the best record in the conference. The Warriors are off to their best start in franchise history with an NBA-best record of 41-9 through the first 50 games of the 2014-15 campaign.
Thompson and Curry are the first pair of Warriors to be selected to the Western Conference All-Star team in the same season since 1993, when Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin were both chosen, and the first time the team has sent two guards to the annual showcase.
NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th straight year, marking Turner Sports’ 30th year of All-Star coverage, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.