Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will be joining reigning MVP Stephen Curry to give the Golden State Warriors a trio of All-Stars for next month’s midseason NBA showcase in Toronto.
The starters, voted for by fans around the world, were named earlier this month, while the reserves were selected by the coaches of the All-Star teams, who had to vote for seven players: two guards, three front-court players and two additional players at any position. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
Green, who leads the NBA with eight triple-doubles, is a first-time selection, and Thompson was selected for the second year in a row. The Warriors have three All-Stars for the first time since Rick Barry, Phil Smith and Jamaal Wilkes in 1976.
Besides Green and Thompson, West coach Gregg Popovich will also have at his disposal Houston Rockets guard James Harden, San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
The East opted for Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan.
Three players, Green, Drummond and Thomas are in the game for the first time as is East coach Tyronn Lue who gets the nod despite being coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for just three games.
Lue was named because he is the coach of the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference at the end of January.
One notable omission from the reserves is Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard, who is in the NBA’s top seven in scoring and assists for a team that is surprisingly in a playoff position.
The West starters, meanwhile, were highlighted by the landslide selection of Kobe Bryant for an 18th time.
Bryant, playing in his 20th and final season, will be joined by Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Thunder swingman Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs wing Kawhi Leonard.