Stephen Curry, the NBA's beloved "Baby Face Assassin," known for his show-stopping performances and staggering achievements, faces a new turn in his illustrious career. Since 2013, Curry's presence as an All-Star starter has been a given, a testament to his undeniable prowess on the court.
Yet, in a surprising twist, the NBA's recent announcement of its All-Star starters did not include Curry, breaking his consistent streak. Despite averaging an impressive 26.8 points and nearly five assists, Curry finds himself in an unfamiliar position.
However, this is not a tale of a deserving star being overlooked. Instead, it's a reflection of the extraordinary seasons being had by those selected over him, particularly Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Warriors' Narrow Defeat
The Golden State Warriors, with Curry at the helm, recently engaged in a nail-biting game against the Sacramento Kings.
A missed free throw and the decision not to call a timeout became key discussion points. Curry's performance was stellar until the final moments, when, under intense pressure from two defenders, he turned over the ball, leading to a narrow one-point loss for the Warriors.
Curry's response to not being an All-Star starter reflects his character. When questioned about his exclusion, he chose to commend the remarkable seasons of Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander, rather than express disappointment.
"I mean, you got two guys who are playing amazingly this year, Luka and Shai. Been around doing this for a very long time and the fact that it’s a talking point after whatever nine healthy years like, those two guys are playing amazing.
They deserve it. Hopefully, I am there in Indiana in whatever capacity but to still be doing it at this stage is always a challenge," Curry said, showcasing his humility and sportsmanship. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder is having a breakthrough season, averaging 31.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.
His dynamic scoring and defensive skills have elevated him to one of the league's top two-way players. Meanwhile, Luka Doncic continues to mesmerize fans worldwide with his flair and near-triple-double performances, scoring 33.6 points on average, second only to Joel Embiid.
Curry's own remarkable season, however, is overshadowed by the Warriors' struggles, which likely influenced his exclusion from the All-Star starters. Nevertheless, fans can expect to see him as an All-Star reserve, bringing his signature talent and grace to the court in Indiana.