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Barkley: 'Hate the fans' vote ... Draymond should be starting'

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Barkley: 'Hate the fans' vote ... Draymond should be starting'

Reigning MVP Stephen Curry on Thursday was voted in as a starter for the Western Conference All-Star Game.

His Warriors teammate, Draymond Green, who clung to a starting spot in the most recent balloting update, did not make the cut. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard overtook Green to nab the third and final frontcourt spot.

Curry will join Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Bryant and Leonard in the starting lineup for the Western Conference -– despite the objections of TNT analyst Charles Barkley.

“Draymond Green deserves to be starting in the All-Star Game, plain and simple,” he said during the televised announcement. “No disrespect to the fans; I hate the fans’ vote. But Draymond Green should be starting in the All-Star Game – over Kevin Durant.”

When fellow analyst Kenny Smith interceded, explaining that there usually is a year or so lag time before the casual fan recognizes those most deserving, Barkley responded with a mighty swipe at those who failed to vote in Green as a starter.

“You have to be a total moron to not know that Draymond Green should be starting in the All-Star Game,” he said. “You have to be a total damn idiot."

[RELATED: Curry to start All-Star Game; Draymond bumped out by Kawhi]

With 726,616 votes, Green finished fifth in the final voting among Western Conference frontcourt players, behind top vote-getter Kobe Bryant (1,891,614), Kawhi Leonard (782,338) Durant (980,787) and fourth-place finisher Zaza Pachulia (768,112).

Green totaled 726,616 votes, ranking fifth among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. He leads the NBA in triple-doubles with eight and is averaging 14.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists.

Green, 25, last season did not finish among the top 15 vote-getters among Western Conference frontcourt players.

Curry will be making his third consecutive start. All-Star Weekend is scheduled for Feb. 12-14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, with the game set for Sunday, Feb. 14.

One year after supplanting LeBron James as the top vote-getter, Curry totaled 1,604,325 votes, the second-highest total overall after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (1, 891,614), whose surge in voting popularity was attributed to his announcement that this will be his last season.

Curry leads the NBA in scoring (29.9 points per game), is second in free throw percentage (90.7), 13th in assists (6.5) and fifth in steals (2.1).

Guard Klay Thompson, who started the game last season as an injury replacement, finished fourth among conference guards – behind Chris Paul, Curry and Westbrook – with 555,513 votes.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

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Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

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Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller