The Western Conference named their starters for the All-Star game and Kevin Durant earned a starter role for the third time in his six year NBA career. After the announcement on Jan. 17, Durant tweeted his thanks to the fans who voted for him.
"Thank you thank you thank you thank you for voting me into my 4th all star game..such a blessing, and it means alot to me," Durant wrote.
The overall vote count for Durant gave the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar 1,504,047 votes, second overall in the Western Conference behind Kobe Bryant (1,591,437) and third overall, with LeBron James (1.583,646) also ahead of him.
Durant's teammates in the starting lineup for the West include Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard.
Durant's teammate Russell Westbrook finished with 376,411 votes, the fifth best for Western Conference backcourt players, but that should be good enough to earn him a spot on the bench. Joining him there will be former Thunder sixth-man and current Houston Rockets hero James Harden, who picked up 485,986 votes.
Harden's teammate Jeremy Lun should also find himself on the team with 883,809 votes, the best runner up behind the two starters. If that happens, the Clippers, Lakers, Thunder and Rockets will account for eight players on the Western Conference All-Star team.
These reserves will learn their fate on Jan. 24 on TNT.
The Eastern starters are Rajon Rondo, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.