Steph named NBA All-Star starter for seventh time in career

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Steph Curry is returning to the NBA All-Star stage after missing last year's event due to injury.

The Warriors' superstar was named Thursday as a starter for the 2021 All-Star Game, which will take place March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga.

This selection is the seventh of Curry's career and he has started each time he's been voted into the All-Star Game.

LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) and Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) join Curry as Western Conference players entered into the starter's pool.

Former Warriors forward and current Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who also missed the 2019-20 NBA season while recovering from an injury, led all vote-getters in the Eastern Conference with 5.56 million. The starter's pool will be rounded out by Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) and Kyrie Irving (Nets).

In previous seasons, Curry finished with the most votes in the Western Conference, thus giving him the opportunity to draft his roster. But this year, that honor in the West goes to LeBron, who garnered 5.92 million votes. Curry finished with 5.48 million votes.

LeBron and Durant will select their starters and reserves during the NBA All-Star Game Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 5 p.m. PT.

In six prior contests, Curry is averaging 17 points, 6.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds. He's only shooting 31.5 percent from 3-point range in those six games.

Curry is putting up MVP-level numbers and will look to carry that success into the All-Star Game. So far this season, the two-time NBA MVP is averaging 30.0 points (second-best in NBA) on 49.2 percent shooting from the field and 42.5 percent shooting from 3-point land.

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Several NBA players, including LeBron and Kings star De'Aaron Fox, have voiced their unhappiness with the league proceeding with an All-Star Game in an open city like Atlanta during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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