Kevin Durant Named Starter for 2012 Western Conference All Star Team

For the second consecutive season, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been named a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team. When Durant travels to Orlando for All-Star weekend in late February, it will be the third time the two-time NBA scoring champion and two-time All-NBA First Team selection will represent the Western Conference as an All-Star.

Durant is the NBA’s third leading scorer so far this season at 26.6 points per game and is also the Thunder’s leading rebounder at 8.1 boards per contest. The former NBA Rookie of the Year has steadily improved as a player during his five seasons in the NBA and four in Oklahoma City. This year he not only hit a buzzer-beating game-winner at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Dallas Mavericks but has been instrumental in helping the Thunder get off to an NBA-best 17-4 start.

“I’ve been comfortable with the NBA game since my second year, but I think I’ve kind of transformed into a different player,” Durant said earlier this season. “I’m still scoring the basketball, I think I’m rebounding a little better and seeing the floor a little bit better. It is slowing down for me, I just have to keep working every day and watching film to see how I can get better.”

More recently, Durant is averaging 32 points and 13.3 rebounds per game over the last three contests, all of which were on the road. As he continues to become a more complete and successful all-around player, Durant is also averaging career highs in assists (3.1) and blocks (1.3) this season in addition to shooting 50.6% on the year, his highest field goal percentage of his career.

“I just try to make some plays and be an all-around player,” Durant said earlier in the year. (I’m) able to get some blocks and help my team out. It’s all about the win… I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort of making the correct passes, playing basketball the right way.”