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.”