Will a Golden State Warriors player finally play in the NBA All-Star Game this year?

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Later today the NBA will announce the reserves for the NBA All-Star Game that will be played February 17 in Houston. The starters were recently announced via fan voting.

Each year we see a lot of familiar names on these all-star rosters. For some franchises, however, it has been a long time since one of their players has set foot on the court for an all-star game. Case in point: The Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors have not had a player play in the NBA All-Star Game since 1997 when Latrell Spreewell led the West team with 19 points. Since then no Warriors player has appeared in the game.

That could change this year. A pair of Golden State players are receiving mention as possible additions to the West roster as reserves. Power forward David Lee and point guard Stephen Curry are both being mentioned as potential West team all-stars. We’ll see if that is the case tonight, and if that 15-year streak without an all-star will end for the Warriors.

Following are the teams that have had the longest wait for having a player in the NBA All-Star Game.

Last year player appeared in All-Star Game, team (player that appeared in that game)
1997: Golden State (Latrell Sprewell)
2004: Milwaukee (Michael Redd); Sacramento (Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic)
2008: Washington (Caron Butler and Antoine Jamison)

2009: Detroit
2010: Charlotte, Cleveland, Toronto
2011: Atlanta, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Utah
2012: Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, N.Y. Knicks, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio

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