|Updated: 1/17 10:48 pm
||Published: 1/17 10:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY, January 17, 2013 – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named a starter on the 2013 Western Conference All-Star team after receiving 1,504,047 votes, 2nd most in the Western Conference, the NBA announced Thursday.
This will mark Durant’s third consecutive nomination as a starter and fourth appearance overall. During last year’s All-Star Game played at Amway Center in Orlando, Durant was the game’s Most Valuable Player after recording a game-high 36 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes.
Durant has helped lead the Thunder to a NBA-best 31-8 record this season while averaging 28.7 points (3rd in the NBA) and 7.5 rebounds in 39.2 minutes per game. Additionally, the sixth-year forward is averaging career-highs in assists (4.2), steals (1.56) and blocks (1.31) and is on pace to join Larry Bird as the only players in NBA history to average 28-plus points while shooting better than 50.0% from the field, 90.0% from the free throw line and 40.0% from the three-point line.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. The city previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1989 and 2006. The All-Star Game, broadcast exclusively on TNT and live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in more than 220 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
Story courtesy of Thunder media relations.