Curry talks All-Star voting, shooter vs. PG, staying humble
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OAKLAND – It's all lining up for Stephen Curry to become the first Warrior in 19 years selected as a starter in the NBA All-Star Game.
The fifth-year point guard currently is second in the fan voting among Western Conference guards, with 677,372 votes, behind only Lakers star Kobe Bryant (844,538) and ahead of Clippers star Chris Paul (651,073).
But with Bryant and Paul both sidelined by injuries and not likely to participate, Curry is the clear leader among active guards and almost certain to receive a starting nod.
"It's humbling," Curry said Monday. "Obviously, we have to see how it plays out. But you've got to thank the fans and everybody that takes the time to vote for me. I'm not the one sitting behind a computer typing my name over and over again.
"It's a very surreal situation. I try not to think about it too much, and hopefully have a reaction at the end of this whole process. But it's definitely a blessing to have fans and people that notice what we're trying to do here."
In the most recent balloting update, Curry's numbers were appreciably better than those posted by fourth-place Jeremy Lin (471,980) and fifth-place James Harden (338,788), both members of the Houston Rockets. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, another injured player, is sixth at 260,499.
The two highest vote getters among active guards are chosen as starters. If injury sidelines one or both, the next highest vote getters are not automatically chosen, as the NBA then has the option of designating starters without regard to fan voting.
In any case, Curry is exceedingly well positioned to become the franchise's first starter since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
"He took off, when you look at the history of this league (and) where your reputation is made, it's made in the playoffs," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said last week. "When there is a minimum amount of games and everybody is watching and that's when he played his best basketball.
"All of a sudden, people are aware and alert of just how good he is. Its snowballed to start the season, and he hasn't disappointed."
Curry, the highest-scoring player not invited to the 2013 All-Star Game, averaged 22.9 points last season – 26 after the All-Star break. In 12 postseason games, Curry averaged 23.4 points and 8.1 assists.
"If you don't win as a group, nobody gets any love," Curry said.
"A bigger part that’s not even talked about is how good of a teammate he is, how good of a person," forward David Lee said. "Not naming any names, I wish that all of the superstars in the league were as good of a guy as Steph. He represents our game in the proper way and does things the right way."
Other Warriors among the top 15 in the latest balloting: Klay Thompson is ninth among guards, with 108,404. Andre Iguodala is ninth among frontcourt players with 192,616 and David Lee is 12th with 141,509.