Kevin Durant was named a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars for the second-consecutive season Thursday night on TNT.
Durant finished second among overall vote getters in the West with 1,345,566 votes behind only Kobe Bryant. This is the third time Durant has made an All-Star team in his career.
Durant is averaging 26.6 points per game this season to go along with a career-high 8.1 rebounds per game. Durant led the league in scoring the last two seasons but is third in the league in scoring behind Bryant and LeBron James this year. Durant is more efficient this year however with career-highs in true shooting percentage (61.3) and PER (26.84).
The other Western Conference starters will be Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum. Russell Westbrook was fifth in All-Star vote getting among western guards behind Bryant, Paul, Ricky Rubio and Steve Nash.
Durant scored 34 points and made four three-pointers in the All-Star game last year and might be the odds on favorite to be the leading scorer this year and win the MVP. While All-Star Game results may seem unimportant, most of the NBA’s greatest players ever have had memorable All-Star moments.
Westbrook was also pretty good in the All-Star Game last season scoring 12 points in just 14 minutes of action.
The game will be played Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla. Below are the starters for the game.
PG – Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
SG – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
SF – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
PF – Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
C – Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers
PG – Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
SG – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
SF – LeBron James, Miami Heat
PF – Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
C – Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic