Andrew Wiggins, Steph Curry named 2022 All-Star Game starters


Dub Nation made it happen.

The NBA announced the All-Star Game starters Thursday and Andrew Wiggins was named a Western Conference starter alongside Warriors teammate Steph Curry.

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Joining the two Dubs from the West as starters will be LeBron James, reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and superstar Ja Morant. Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan and Trae were named the starters out of the Eastern Conference. LeBron and KD will be team captains and host a televised draft on Feb. 10, before the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland on Feb. 20.

Of the 10 starters, Wiggins was the biggest surprise.

In the most recent round of fan voting, Wiggins ranked third among Western Conference forwards, ahead of players like Paul George, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green, who have all been dealing with respective injuries. Fan voting accounted for 50 percent of the starters’ input, along with 25 percent from the league’s players and 25 percent from media members. The remaining 14 All-Star reserves will be selected by the NBA’s coaches.

This marks Wiggins’ first All-Star Game appearance in his eight-year career after he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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“As an NBA player, that’s a goal for everybody,” Wiggins said in December of making the All-Star Game. “Obviously, that comes with winning. You win and you get recognized more.”

Wiggins has cooled off in January with the rest of the Warriors’ offense, but is averaging career highs in field goal percentage (48.1), 3-point field goal percentage (40.4) and 3-pointers made per game (2.2) while often taking the toughest perimeter defensive assignment.

Curry is slumping badly in January but still remains one of the game’s most popular players. This marks his eighth career All-Star Game appearance. Curry is averaging 25.8 points per game this season but posting career lows in field goal percentage (41.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (37.3).

The Warriors will send multiple players to the All-Star Game for the first time since 2018-19, when Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson all made the cut.