Stephen Curry is the greatest three-point shooter in basketball history. The Warriors superstar, however, had disappointment heading his way when the 2024 NBA All-Star game starters were announced and his name was not to be seen on the list.
Curry, who has single-handedly been carrying the Golden State Warriors seemed unfazed by the news after he addressed the issue earlier today, following a gut-wrenching loss to the Sacramento Kings. The 2024 NBA All-Star game is set to take place on February 18th, and is being hosted by the Indiana Pacers at Indianapolis.
Stephen Curry addresses 2024 NBA All-Star starting exclusion
Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is not going to be starting in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game for the first time in his playing career. This morning, the NBA announced the starters for the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference.
Many fans were to quick to note the absence of elite shooter, Stephen Curry, who has been a regular on the list. Instead of Curry, the Western Conference will feature a front-court duo of Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who came ahead of the shooter through the selection criteria.
ASG starters are determined through three voting groups, with 50% from fans, 25% from NBA players, and the remaining 25% from the media. While Curry secured the 2nd position in fan voting, he dropped to 3rd behind Doncic and SGA. Furthermore, he fell to 4th in the media vote count.
Despite this, the nine-time All-Star expressed no hard feelings about his absence from the list. Instead, he appeared appreciative of young superstars like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic.
Reflecting on his NBA journey so far, Curry said, “Been doing this for a very long time and the fact that its a talking point. that I’m not [starting], after nine healthy years…Hopefully, I’m there in Indiana in whatever capacity, but to still be doing at this stage, it’s always a challenge, you never take it for granted how hard it is to be recognized in that way every year.”
He also showered praise on the youngsters that were picked ahead of him saying, “Those two guys are playing amazing and deserve it.”
NBA community reacts to Stephen Curry’s All-Star snub
This is the first time we will be seeing Curry not starting in an All-Star game since 2013 and fans aren’t happy about it. Previously, the Warriors superstar started in all nine of his All-Star game appearances. This season Stephen Curry is having another incredible season averaging 26.8 points per game along with 4.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds.
Regardless, the NBA community was absolutely furious with some even questioning LeBron James’ record-breaking selection over the likes of Curry. The user asked, “So Steph Curry isn’t starting as an All-Star but Lebron James is?”
Another fan expressed his disappointment saying, “Steph Curry is not an All-Star game Starter for the first time in his career.”
Another fan expressed his opinion on Curry’s exclusion and showed love to the superstar saying, “The disrespect Steph Curry gets is absolutely mind blowing. Steph should use this as motivation to prove everyone that doubted him. Sure, he’s an All-Star and I can appreciate that. But it’s upsetting that people overlook and undervalue him as a talent in this league.”
Stephen Curry’s absence certainly came as a surprise but fans can be relieved at the fact that Curry will still be featuring in the NBA All-Star Game and may even contest in Three-Point Contest against WNBA winner Sabrina Ionescu.
What are your thoughts and feelings on the exclusion of Stephen Curry from the All-Star starters’ list? Who are the the other NBA players that were snubbed? We are eager to know how you feel on the topic, so feel free to comment below.