Curry eyes Durant, Giannis for All-Star Game squad
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 19, 2018 11:18 AM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors high fives fans before the game against the Miami Heat on November 6, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry already has a draft strategy mapped out for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
Curry is one of two captains that will select teams that will play in February's NBA All-Star Game, hosted by LA, along with Finals foe LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Talking to Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group, Curry admitted that what James does will likely dictate his moves, as James has the first pick in the draft. No surprise though, Curry said that he would snap up reigning Finals MVP and his teammate Kevin Durant if he were available.
“I’m pretty sure he [Durant] would be a pretty solid pick if you had the first pick,” Curry said. “If LeBron doesn’t take him, I probably will for sure.”
However, if Durant goes to James with the first overall selection, Curry already has a back-up in mind: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“He [Giannis] dunked on me last year,” Curry said. “So maybe I have to get him on my team so that doesn’t happen again.”
Antetokounmpo actually dunked twice on Curry during last year's All-Star Game in New Orleans, once if you don't count the second slam, when Curry pretended to lie prone on the floor, instead of challenging the attempt.
While the starters were revealed this morning (PHL time), the reserves will be unveiled next week, on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). And once again, Curry will have an eye out for his teammates, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, should the coaches vote to include them in the mix.
“For sure, I put my money on that one [the two players making it as reserves],” Curry said. “They’ve deserved it in years past and our body of work as a team and what we’ve all done together has only gotten better. They should get it right.”
The final rosters of Team LeBron and Team Steph will be revealed on next Thursday (next Friday, PHL time). For rules on how the draft will go down, click here.