Stephen Curry and LeBron James topped the votes in the West and East respectively as the starters for the 2015 NBA All-Star game were announced last night, while reigning MVP Kevin Durant was left out.
Golden State Warriors guard Curry actually was the most voted in star of the NBA with over 1.5 million selections. LeBron was next with 1.47 million while MVP candidate Anthony Davis was next on the list with 1.36 million. Kobe Bryant and James Harden were the only two others to pass the million vote mark.
Curry taking the lead as what is essentially the NBA's most popular player comes as no surprise to basketball fans. The Warriors point guard mixes being exceptional player with an incredibly likeable personality which he proved in his response to the selection.
"This means a lot; it's something that I don't take for granted," Curry said in a statement after finding out he dethroned the King. "To have support of fans not only in the Bay Area but across the nation and across the world, supporting not only myself but our team, it means a lot."
Curry has been incredible this season, the best player on the NBA's best team. He's hitting on 49% of his shots, 93% from the charity stripe and 39% on three-pointers, not bad considering he attempts eight of them per game. Curry also boasts a PER of 27, fourth best in the entire league.
The talent gap between the East and the West is notable. James Harden got more votes than any guard in the Eastern conference, and he would still be sitting on the bench if Kobe Bryant was healthy. Any way, lets take a look at the representatives from the East.
The two starting guards will be John Wall of the Wizards and the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry. LeBron is one of the team's three forwards as we previously mentioned, with the other two joining him being Pau Gasol and Carmelo Anthony of the Bulls and Knicks, respectively.
The starting guards for the West are the aforementioned Curry, and Kobe Bryant. As Kobe is injured a replacement for him will be picked by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. It looks most likely to be Harden but Curry's GSW teammate Klay Thompson could figure.
The West also boast an incredibly talented frontcourt, with MVP favourite Anthony Davis being supported by Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies. Expect dunks galore from Davis and Griffin in-particular.
Some usual faces who were left out include Chris's Paul and Bosh as well as the injured duo of Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant.