The starters for the 2015 NBA were announced on Thursday. Klay Thompson was not among them, but he's a strong candidate to be elected as a reserve.
Warriors executive board member Jerry West is among the members of the Golden State community who are strongly advocating for Thompson.
"If he doesn't make the All-Star team, it would be disgraceful," West said Friday morning on KNBR 680-AM. "He's that good."
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Thompson, 24, has in his fourth NBA season established himself as one of the league's most formidable two-way shooting guards. In addition to often drawing opponents' most dynamic player, he is averaging 21.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 32.3 minutes per game for the Warriors this year.
All-Star reserves are nominated by each conference's head coaches and will be announced next Thursday.
Head coach Steve Kerr, who will coach the Western Conference squad, voiced a similar message on Thursday.
“Klay is going to be on the team," Kerr said. "He has to be."
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In addition to his support for Thompson, West went on to make an impressive and revealing claim about the inner workings of the 2015 Golden State franchise.
"It is the best group of people I have ever been around," West said, "and that is saying something."
West, the muse for the NBA's official logo, has been affiliated with NBA teams since he was drafted second overall in 1960, and he's been a part of seven championship teams (in 1972 as a player and in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88 and 2000 as an executive).