Stephen Curry named 2021 NBA All-Star Game starter

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named a starter in the 70th NBA All-Star Game, the league announced today. Curry will make his seventh All-Star Game appearance (all starts), matching Rick Barry’s franchise record for All-Star starts and trailing only Paul Arizin (10 appearances) and Barry (eight) for most All-Star selections in Warriors history. Curry made six consecutive All-Star appearances from 2014-19.

Curry is averaging 30.0 points (second in the NBA), 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.21 steals in 34.0 minutes over 29 games (all starts) and leads the league with 145 three-pointers. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from three and 93.5 percent from the line. Curry set a new career high with 62 points on January 3 vs. Portland and has hit double-digit three- pointers in a pair of games this season, including a season-high 11 threes in a 57-point performance at Dallas on February 6. Following his NBA season-high 62 points, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week (Week 2).

Curry has hit a three-pointer in 91 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history, and matched an NBA record by hitting at least four threes in 13-straight games from January 20 – February 11. On January 23 at Utah, Curry passed Reggie Miller (2,560) for second place on the NBA’s all-time three-point field goals made list.

Curry has taken part in NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in eight of his previous 10 campaigns, averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 1.33 steals and 27.8 minutes in his six appearances in the All-Star Game (2014-19). Curry has also participated in the Three-Point Contest six times (2010, 2013-16, 2019)—winning the event in 2015 and finishing as runner-up to teammate Klay Thompson in 2016—in addition to the Shooting Stars Competition (2014 & 2015), the Rising Stars Challenge (2010 & 2011) and the Skills Challenge (won the event in 2011).

Joining Curry in the starting lineups are: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Luka Doncic (Mavericks), Kevin Durant (Nets), Joel Embiid (76ers), Kyrie Irving (Nets) LeBron James (Lakers), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) and Kawhi Leonard (Clippers).

The two NBA All-Star captains (LeBron James and Kevin Durant) will draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the First Round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the Second Round, making selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position. TNT will air the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 5 p.m. PT.

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, March 7 at 5 p.m. (PT) in Atlanta. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live in the United States. TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 2 p.m. PT with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, followed by the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest starting at 3:30 p.m. PT. Coverage of the 70th NBA All-Star Game will begin at 5 p.m. PT, with AT&T Slam Dunk taking place at halftime. The game will follow the same format as last year, with the teams competing to win each quarter and playing to a Final Target Score during the untimed fourth quarter.

Video: Game highlights of Stephen Curry’s 62 points

On Sunday, the Warriors beat the Trail Blazers 137-122. In the win, Stephen Curry scored an NBA career-high 62 points. In 36 minutes, Steph shot 18/31 FG, 8/16 from three-point range and 18/19 from the free throw line for 62 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Enjoy these video highlights from Steph’s 62-point game:

Stephen Curry already impressed with Warriors rookie James Wiseman

Stephen Curry is already very impressed with Warriors lottery pick James Wiseman. Here’s ESPN.com quoting Curry from a KGMZ-FM 95.7 radio interview:

“He’s just going to be a force, man,” Curry said of Wiseman. “To the point of all the things we need to learn as fast as possible, I can’t imagine for a 19-year-old to be able to ingest all that information, go out and play, but the things that he does well, you really can’t teach. His size, his athleticism, his presence to protect the paint, the speed to run up and down the floor, put pressure on the rim, we can use that right away. So you’re going to see a different player probably from Game 1 to Game 72, but early in the season he should be able to show what he’s about and provide a lot of value for us on the interior and play Warrior basketball. So I’m excited, man. You can see the look in his eyes. He’s chomping at the bit right now.”

The Warriors will be a team to watch this season, even if they’ll be without star shooting guard Klay Thompson for a second straight season.

Warriors add Dwayne Sutton, Axel Toupane and Kaleb Wesson to training camp

The Golden State Warriors have finalized their training camp roster ahead of the team’s 2020-21 Training Camp, which will open Monday at the team’s Chase Center practice facility.

The team also announced the signing of free agent forwards Dwayne Sutton, Axel Toupane (too-PAN) and Kaleb Wesson.

Sutton, 23, averaged 9.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 31.5 minutes in 31 games as a senior at Louisville and was a 2019-20 All-ACC Honorable Mention selection. In three seasons with the Cardinals, the 6’5” forward posted averages of 7.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.7 minutes in 101 games. Sutton spent his freshman season at UNC-Asheville and transferred to Louisville as a walk-on, earning a scholarship the following season.

Toupane, 28, most recently played with SIG Strasbourg of LNB Pro A in France. A two-year NBA veteran (2015-17), Toupane owns career NBA averages of 3.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 14.1 minutes in 25 games with the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans. The 6’7” forward has also played with Zalgiris of the LKL League in Lithuania, Greek club Olympiacos of the Euro League and Unicaja of Liga ACB in Spain.

Wesson, 21, averaged 14.0 points 9.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 29.5 minutes in 31 games during his junior season last year at Ohio State. He was a 2019-20 All-Big Ten Second Team selection and USBWA All-District pick. In three seasons at Ohio State, the 6’9” forward averaged 12.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 25.3 minutes in 96 games.

After surgery, Klay Thompson to miss another full NBA season

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson on Wednesday, November 25 underwent surgery to fix a torn right Achilles.

The surgery will likely keep Thompson sidelined for the entire 2020-21 NBA season. Which means he’ll have been out of the NBA for an entire two seasons before he returns to action.

The 30-year-old sharpshooter suffered the injury while working out in the Los Angeles area on November 18.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “though the additions of Kelly Oubre Jr., Brad Wanamaker and Kent Bazemore should bolster Golden State’s wing depth, the Warriors know there is no way to truly replace Thompson. His shooting range, defense and selflessness were a driving force behind the team’s recent dynasty.”

A three-time NBA Champion and five-time NBA All-Star, Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season after suffering a torn left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals (June 13, 2019). He has appeared in 615 regular season games during his nine-year NBA career, averaging 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33.1 minutes per game.

Thunder trade Kelly Oubre Jr. to Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have acquired guard Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade for a conditional 2021 first round draft pick and a 2021 second round pick (via Denver), the team announced today.

Oubre Jr., 24, appeared in 56 games (55 starts) with the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging a career-high 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.27 steals in 34.5 minutes per game.

Originally selected with the pick 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Kansas product owns career averages of 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 24.1 minutes in 348 career games (99 starts) with the Washington Wizards and Suns.

The forward was originally traded to the Thunder on November 16, 2020.

The Warriors’ 2021 first round draft pick is top 20 protected. If that draft pick is not conveyed, Oklahoma City will receive an additional 2021 second round draft pick from Golden State (via Minnesota).

Warriors waive Ky Bowman

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Ky Bowman.

Bowman played in 45 games (12 starts) for the Warriors in the 2019-20 season. He averaged 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 22.9 minutes per game.

In the G League, Bowman played in 12 games (all starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he put up 14.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.25 steals in 31.7 minutes per game.

Bowman originally joined the Warriors as a free agent on July 31, 2019.

Warriors select James Wiseman second overall in 2020 NBA draft

The Golden State Warriors have selected center James Wiseman with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Wiseman, 19, averaged 19.7 points on 76.9% from the field (20-of-26 FG), 10.7 rebounds, 3.00 blocks and 23.0 minutes in three games (all starts) during his lone season at the University of Memphis. The 7-1 center was on the 2019-20 preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Lute Olson Award, NABC Player of the Year and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award. Additionally, he was one of five players on the 2019-20 Associated Press Preseason All-America Team. As a senior at Memphis East High School, Wiseman was named the 2018-19 Gatorade National Player of the Year and Morgan Wootten Player of the Year and was ranked as the nation’s top recruit in 2019 by ESPN. Wiseman won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2017 FIBA U16 Americas Championship.

Wiseman joins Rick Barry (1965) as the only #2 overall draft picks in Warriors franchise history and represents the highest Warriors draft pick since Joe Smith was selected first overall in 1995. He is the team’s first Lottery pick since Harrison Barnes in 2012 (seventh overall) and first top five selection since Mike Dunleavy Jr. in 2002 (third overall).

Golden State Warriors reveal ‘Oakland Forever’ City Edition uniforms

The Golden State Warriors today unveiled Oakland Forever, presented by Rakuten, the team’s new on-court City Edition jerseys for the upcoming NBA season.

Per the team:

The jerseys celebrate the team’s 47 seasons in Oakland by focusing on one of the most iconic and beloved moments in franchise history, the We Believe era.

Inspired by the uniforms worn by the team from 1997-2010, the new City Edition jerseys feature Oakland across the front of the uniform, where the team played its home games from 1972-1996 and 1997-2019. The era included the celebrated We Believe playoff run in 2007, when the Warriors became the first eight-seed to defeat a one-seed in a best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-2 upset over the Dallas Mavericks.

“Oakland is and forever will be part of this franchise’s identity,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “The Oakland Forever campaign, in partnership with Rakuten, will deepen our ties and impact in Oakland through a dedicated focus on community efforts, advancing educational equity, and providing safe access to health and wellness resources.”

Warriors add Shaun Livingston to Community Foundation Board

The Warriors Community Foundation has named Shaun Livingston to the Foundation’s Board, it was announced today. In this role, Livingston will be part of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, working to expand the portfolio of non-profits that the Board serves in Alameda and San Francisco Counties. Additionally, he will assist the Foundation in furthering educational equity and producing measurable improvements in the well-being and educational attainment of students in the San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts.

“Shaun’s experience as a former player will add an incredible amount of perspective and insight to the Warriors Community Foundation,” said Warriors Community Foundation President of the Board Nicole Lacob. “He is an exceptional ambassador for the Bay Area community, as evidenced by his contributions during his NBA playing career and ongoing participation in the community. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Livingston, a 14-year NBA veteran, was recently named Director of Player Affairs and Engagement with the Warriors in September reporting directly to President of Basketball Operations / General Manager Bob Myers. In this role, Livingston provides player counsel and career advice while helping to guide team programs toward player needs and development. A 14-year NBA veteran, Livingston spent five seasons as a player with the Warriors from 2014-19, helping the franchise to five consecutive NBA Finals appearances and three NBA championships (2015, 2017, 2018).

The Warriors Community Foundation recently announced its annual grant recipients for 2020-21, a $1.825 million total contribution to Bay Area non-profits, which marks the highest single-season contribution in Foundation history. The $1.825 million contribution adds to the over $24 million awarded to Bay Area non-profits since the Foundation’s inception in 2012.

Warriors Community Foundation Board Members include: Nicole Lacob, President of the Board; Marty Glick, Secretary; Bob Myers; Brandon Schneider; David Kelly; Dianne Taube; Ebony Beckwith; Greg Adams; Jason Chang; Jeff Miller; Jessica Dodson; Joe Lacob; Karen Miller; Kathy Scially; Molly Lacob and Rick Welts.