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OAKLAND -- Though his teammate in the Warriors backcourt is expected to start for the Western Conference squad at the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 15 in New York, Klay Thompson also wants to make the trip.
And he is not particularly selective about his role.
With Warriors point guard Stephen Curry leads all Western Conference players in the early voting returns and almost certainly will make his second consecutive start, Thompson will accept any invitation to participate in his first All-Star event.
That includes the 3-point shooting contest.
"That would be fun," he said after practice Monday. "That would be a lot of fun. Every year I sit at home watching and I always have the urge to believe I'd win it."
Thompson is shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range, ranking first among all Warriors and 12th in the league -- but first among NBA players averaging at least 20 points per game.
Thompson ranks sixth among all backcourt players, behind Curry, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo, whose votes as a member of the Eastern Conference Celtics were transferred after he was traded to the Western Conference Mavericks.
Thompson, two months removed from a four-year $69 million contract extension that begins next season, was pleased to rank as high as he does in the voting, which is an international process.
"That's great," he said of his sixth-place status as of last Friday. "That shows the support for the Warriors. That's really cool. That's what winning does."
Behind Thompson in the early voting are Russell Westbrook (seventh) and Damian Lillard (eighth).
Balloting concludes on Jan. 19, with the results released Jan. 22.