MILWAUKEE — The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 33-9 and Draymond Green told ESPN he believes they should have four All-Stars in next month’s showcase in Los Angeles because of their success.
“We’re winning and everyone is playing well,” he told ESPN. “Why not?”
If that quartet of players was selected, it would be an unprecedented feat. No team in NBA history has ever had four All-Stars in back-to-back seasons.
“That would be crazy,” he replied.
Recent history has shown that four All-Star-caliber players on the same team tend to be rewarded with an All-Star berth if that team happens to have the best record in the NBA. The power forward said he has caught wind of some arguing Golden State shouldn’t get four in.
“I kind of heard quite a bit this year that we should only get three max, but I don’t see why not four?” Green said to ESPN. “If winning has been the [blueprint to get four stars in] every year, why should it change up?”
This time last season the Warriors were the top team in the league at 36-6. And two years ago, the season they won an NBA record 73 regular-season games, they were 36-2 at this point.
Green explained why there may be some pushback with the champs getting four this time around.
“Just because probably so many guys came over to the West in the offseason,” Green answered. “With Jimmy [Butler] coming over, with Carmelo Antony coming over, KAT [Karl-Anthony Towns] obviously an up-and-comer. That’s probably why it’s more of a debate now, but I don’t see why it should change. Our record is pretty good.”
The last non-Warriors’ team to get four was the 2015 Atlanta Hawks, consisting of Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Excluding the Warriors’ run, a group of four on the same team making the All-Star squad has occurred seven times, with the Boston Celtics achieving it on three occasions.
If voting ended today with solely the fan vote, Green would earn his first All-Star starting nod. He’s the third highest vote-getting Western Conference frontcourt player with 616,730 votes, behind only Anthony Davis (664,687) and Durant (1,326,059).
Curry has a conference-leading 1,369,658 votes. Thompson is currently fourth among conference guards with 686,825 votes. Thompson, arguably the best two-way 2-guard in the league, is averaging 20.7 points, shooting 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range.
He would most likely have to get voted in by the coaches as a reserve. The coaches will select two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards.
“We’re pretty consistent,” Green said of himself, Curry, Durant and Thompson. “We play the way we play and guys stick to their roles and do what they do. Like I said, I don’t see why [the blueprint to get four] would change. Everything seems to be the same. I think with wins, we’re in good shape, but I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”