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Curry embraces All-Star draft: 'Who knows how it'll play out'

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Curry embraces All-Star draft: 'Who knows how it'll play out'

Now that he has been voted in as an All-Star captain, Warriors superstar Stephen Curry won’t rule out making some intrepid choices when it comes time to select his teammates.

In the new format, the captains of each team will draft players from the pool of eight other starters, as well as the All-Star reserves that will be announced next Tuesday. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, the other captain, gets first overall pick.

“I don't know who LeBron will take with the first pick,” Curry told reporters in Chicago on Thursday. “But depending on how that goes, I may just have to go pick all guards, get the shortest team possible, have some fun with it.

“But who knows how it'll play out.”

Curry and James were named captains by virtue of receiving the most total votes in their respective conferences.

The first member of the Warriors selected as a starter for five straight years, Curry is hopeful that teammate Kevin Durant, who finished second behind Curry in West voting, will be available but realizes there are no guarantees.

“I'm pretty sure he'd be a pretty solid pick if you have the first pick,” Curry said. “If Bron doesn't take him, I probably will for sure.”

As for the possibility of he and Durant being joined by fellow Warriors Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, Curry is fully on board.

“Oh, for sure...put my money on that one,” Curry said. “They've deserved it in years past and our body of work, as a team, what we've all done together has only gotten better. So they should get it right next Tuesday and have Klay and Draymond on the squad.

“We have the best record in the league, they've been playing amazing all year, doing exactly what they need to do to help the team and push themselves individually. I don't see how they could get that one wrong.”

There is at least one Eastern Conference player that would on Curry’s wish list: Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished second behind James in Eastern Conference voting.

“I don't know who the reserves are going to be, so I have to pick from the starters,” Curry said. “Giannis. He dunked on me last year, so I want to maybe get him on my team so that doesn't happen again.”

Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

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Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

EIGHTH IN A SERIES

Player: Jacob Evans III
Position: Guard/wing
Height/weight: 6-6, 200
College: Cincinnati
Age: 21
Salary: $1.64M (first year of a two-year rookie deal worth $3.57M per Spotrac.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 72

2017-18 in review: As a junior last season, Evans started every game for the second consecutive season and led Cincinnati in scoring and assists, while adding 4.7 rebounds. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin described Evans as an “elite” defender, while opposing coaches marveled over his versatility, composure and basketball IQ. The Warriors were impressed enough to select him in the first round of the draft, 28th overall.

Key stats: 36 games (36 starts), averaging 13.0 points (42.7 percent FG, 32.7 3p, 75.4 percent FT), 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Season highs: Points (24), rebounds (eight, twice), assists (seven), steals (five), blocks (four).

2018-19 outlook: Despite displaying a strong feel for the game and court awareness, Evans did not dazzle during Summer League. His jump shot was errant often enough to leave some within the organization wondering if a mechanical adjustment might be needed. Evans told NBC Sports Bay Area in August that he’s not concerned and that his confidence remains high. There will be growing pains, and the Warriors will be pleased as long as there is actual growth within the pain. They can afford to be patient because an immediate impact is not needed.

Andre Iguodala: Warriors training camp profile

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Andre Iguodala: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

SEVENTH IN A SERIES

Player: Andre Iguodala
Position: Small forward
Height/weight: 6-6, 215
College: Arizona
Age: 34
Salary: $16M (Year 2 of a three-year pact worth $48 million)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 77

2017-18 in review: Though his defense is solid, Iguodala finds ways to elevate it at significant times. Likewise, his jump shot was dreadful before arriving in March and hanging around through the postseason. An important contribution that surfaced last season was his influence on younger players, specifically Kevon Looney and Quinn Cook, whose solid play was partly the result of Iguodala’s subtle tutelage. Even while missing 18 games, he again made an impact on both ends that defies individual statistics.

Key stats: 64 games (seven starts), averaging 6.0 points (63.2 percent FT, 28.2 percent 3s), 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds,

Season highs: Points (14, twice), assists (10), rebounds (eight, three times) minutes (37).

2018-19 outlook: The nagging injuries keep coming, indicating that Iguodala has eased into the twilight phase of his career. The Warriors are beyond worrying about what he does in the regular season, so he’ll be on a maintenance program even if he stays healthy. The priority is that he’s ready to play 18-25 minutes per game in the postseason. Quiet as it’s kept, Iguodala’s absence for the final three games of the Western Conference Finals was a huge loss and nearly cost the Warriors the series.