If Stephen Curry and David Lee have a shot at the All-Star Game, the push has to be now.
The NBA announced the second return of All-Star votes on Thursday and it's clear that neither Curry nor Lee will be voted in. Curry's 78,380 current votes are well-behind Kobe Bryant's 977,444 votes and Chris Paul's 542,564 votes.
As for Lee, he doesn’t currently register as a top 15 vote-getter in the Western Conference amongst frontcourt players.
Balloting will conclude on Jan. 14 and starters will be announced on Jan. 17.
The NBA's 30 coaches will then decide the seven reserves to represent each conference. The coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by whichever team has the best record in their respective conference.
Jackson, like all coaches, will not be able to cast a vote for any of his players. However, Jackson has been plenty vocal of late in campaigning for both Curry and Lee.
Jackson began the movement last week after a win against the Charlotte Bobcats when he brought up his pair of stars as All-Stars.
“My team will not do anything to chase individual recognition,” Jackson said last week. “That being said, my responsibility as a coach, understanding what these guys mean to the success of this basketball team and to the impact they’ve made at changing this culture, they deserve it.
“I’d be doing them a disservice by not leading the parade acknowledging that they are very deserving of it.”
Curry is averaging 20.3 points and is shooting just under 44 percent from three-point range. He also is tallying 6.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Lee is averaging 19.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
With the fifth best record in the Western Conference, the Warriors should have a better shot than they’ve had in recent years of having at least one All-Star.
No team has a longer active drought than the Warriors. Golden State has not had an All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
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