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NBA All-Star Ballot released, featuring five OKC Thunder players

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NBA All-Star Balloting is underway already and five Oklahoma City Thunder players are featured on the ballot: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins.

You can vote by visiting NBA.com or using the NBA Game Time application. This year you can also vote on Facebook and Twitter for the first time ever.

The biggest change to the All-Star Ballot this year is that there is no longer a center position. Now there are just two guard slots and three frontcourt slots.

Durant is pretty much a guarantee to be picked as a starter in the West. Other frontcourt players with a good chance to start out west are Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.

Westbrook is going to have a harder time cracking the starting five as a guard while he has to compete with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and former teammate James Harden. Westbrook should definitely make the roster as a reserve at least.

None of the other Thunder players have too much of a shot at making the team. Ibaka is a very long shot and would have to really go on a tear to make it as a reserve.

Martin and especially Perkins have just about no shot at making the team.

Voting will conclude Jan. 14 and the starters will be announced live on TNT Jan. 17.

Topics: NBA All-Star Ballot, Oklahoma City Thunder

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