Note: I had this story ready to publish, then I got word that the 49ers signed Colin Kaepernick to a contract extension. That led to a somewhat busy day, and with my appearance on “The Blitz” and my CSNBA San Francisco Giants responsibilities, this article hit the back-burner. In other words, I totally forgot I wrote this until today. Enjoy!
The All-NBA teams were announced Wednesday, and Warriors guard Stephen Curry made one of the squads for the first time. It probably wasn’t the one he was hoping to make, however.
65 of the 125 voters listed Curry as a member of the All-NBA First Team. He finished with 489 points in the 5-3-1 scoring system, making him the first runner-up in effect behind James Harden, whose 502 points made him the final member of the All-NBA First Team after Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Joakim Noah and Chris Paul. Harden was listed as a First-Teamer on 73 ballots.
Other than where each player’s team finished in the standings, it’s hard to determine where Harden has the edge over Curry. Neither player is known for his defense, although Curry’s effort at least appears to be consistently higher on that end of the floor.
Harden (73 games): 25.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 3.6 TOV, .618 TS%, 23.5 PER, 12.8 WS
Curry (78 games): 24.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.5 APG, 1.6 SPG, 3.8 TOV, .610 TS%, 24.1 PER, 13.4 WS
I would’ve given the edge to Curry, but I also live on the West Coast and covered dozens of Warriors games.
Andrew Bogut looking forward to sorting out Stephen A. Smith
Smith called the Warriors center Andrew “Bogus” a little while ago, and that wasn’t all.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Andrew Bogut: “He can certainly defend but behind his back he is called the Tin Man for a reason. No heart.”
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) May 6, 2014
“I guess he’s a national sportscaster in the States, but I take it with a grain of salt. His first two years of schooling were at a fashion institute, so I’ll leave it at that,” Bogut said.
It looks like Bogut checked out Smith’s Wikipedia page, which also says he played basketball for Winston-Salem University, where he was suspended for four games after testing positive for Adderall. I was unaware of this. Another Smith fact: I saw him in person during a Warriors playoff game, and he’s much taller than I expected. Usually I assume all huge TV personalities are short guys with Napolean complexes, but not Smith. He’s at least 6′ 1″.
Anyway, Bogut said a few more things about Skip Bayless’ First Take foil.
“He hasn’t liked me since college. I was an All-American in college and player of the year and he was killing me then. He was killing me before the draft, he was killing me after the draft. He was killing me my rookie year. Then I had a really good three- or four-year stretch in Milwaukee and he went quiet. Now he’s come back again because I’ve had injuries and missed games,” he said.
“He avoids me like the plague. I’ll definitely try to sort him out, try to find him.”
Why is Smith so anti-Bogut? Did he snub the reporter at some point or ignore his questions after a game?
“Not that I know of. I was playing in Utah, so we didn’t get much national press. Our local beat writer was as big as we got. I’m not sure where it stems from. I know he doesn’t like guys from overseas.