Warriors' Stephen Curry, KlayThompson earn All-NBA recognition for record-setting season
OAKLAND - Warriors backcourt mates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were named Tuesday to the 2014-15 All-NBA Team, with Curry earning first-team honors and Thompson receiving Third Team recognition, the NBA announced today.
This marked the first time that the Warriors have had teammates named All-NBA in the same season since 1991-92, when Chris Mullin (first team) and Tim Hardaway (second) were honored. Curry and Thompson also became the first backcourt to earn All-NBA honors in the same season since 1979-80, when Seattle’s Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson both were named All-NBA second team.
Curry and Thompson helped lead the Warriors to a franchise-record and NBA-best 67 wins this season (67-15, .817), as the Warriors captured their first Pacific Division title since 1975-76. They also were also the starting backcourt for the Western Conference in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
Curry, 27, joins LeBron James as the only players to earn a unanimous selection to the All-NBA first team this season and is the first Golden State player to be named first-team All-NBA since Latrell Sprewell in 1993-94.
A six-year veteran, Curry appeared in 80 games and posted averages of 23.8 points (sixth in the NBA), 7.7 assists (sixth), 4.3 rebounds and 2.04 steals (fourth) in 32.7 minutes. Curry led the league in 3-point field goals for a third consecutive season, hitting 286 threes to break his own NBA-record for single-season three-pointers, and ranked third in three-point percentage (.443) while leading the league in free throw percentage (.914). He also led the league in both plus/minus (+11.5) and Net Rating (17.0). For his efforts, Curry was also named the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player.
Thompson, 25, averaged a career-high 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.9 minutes over 77 games (all starts) during the 2014-15 campaign. He ranked third in the NBA in plus/minus (+10.1), tied for ninth in the league in scoring, fourth in 3-point percentage (.439) and fourth in Net Rating (15.8). The Washington State product set an NBA record for points in a quarter on January 23, 2015, versus Sacramento, scoring 37 points in the third frame en route to a career-high 52 in that contest, connecting on an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the quarter.
Nicknamed the “Splash Brothers,” Curry (286 3FGM) and Thompson (239 3FGM) finished first and second, respectively, in the NBA for 3-point field goals for a second consecutive season, breaking their own league record for 3-pointers by two teammates with 525. They both ranked in the NBA’s top-10 in scoring this season and became just the fourth backcourt tandem in Warriors history to both average over 20 points per game. Thompson earned NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honors a franchise-record three times this season, while Curry was recognized for the weekly award twice.
The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 129 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA first, second and third teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly.