For the third time in his six-year NBA career, Kevin Durant has been named a starter in the All-Star Game.
Durant gathered 1,504,047 votes, which had him second overall in the West in total votes (behind Kobe Bryant) and third overall in the league.
This is Durant’s fourth total appearance, all consecutive. KD was named All-Star MVP last season in Orlando after he put up 36 points on 14-25 shooting, along with seven rebounds and three assists.
“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”
Joining Durant in the West are Chris Paul, Kobe, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard. In the East the starters are Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.
Russell Westbrook finished fifth in Western backcourt players behind Bryant, Paul, Jeremy Lin and James Harden. Westbrook pulled in 376,411 votes. Still, Westbrook is a lock to be named to his third All-Star team as a reserve.
Serge Ibaka finished eighth among frontcourt players with 197,063 votes.
Reserves will be announced on TNT Jan. 24.
Here are the full voting returns:
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 1,583,646; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,460,950; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 553,222; Chris Bosh (Mia) 528,014; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 467,968; Paul Pierce (Bos) 294,213; Joakim Noah (Chi) 230,796; Josh Smith (Atl) 187,174; Shane Battier (Mia) 151,877; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 149,246; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 147,720; Luol Deng (Chi) 130,744; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 111,902; Brook Lopez (BKN) 108,978; Jeff Green (Bos) 91,356
Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,052,310; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 924,180; Deron Williams (BKN) 449,791; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 445,730; Ray Allen (Mia) 326,186; Monta Ellis (Mil) 123,096; Raymond Felton (NYK) 105,340; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 103,146; Jason Terry (Bos) 88,708; Paul George (Ind) 80,060
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,504,047; Dwight Howard (LAL) 922,070; Blake Griffin (LAC) 863,832; Tim Duncan (SA) 492,373; Pau Gasol (LAL) 310,845; Kevin Love (Min) 283,458; Omer Asik (Hou) 240,467; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 197,063; Rudy Gay (Mem) 182,523; David Lee (GS) 165,875; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 160,197; Marc Gasol (Mem) 153,459; Zach Randolph (Mem) 146,980; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 145,776; Chandler Parsons (Hou) 144,697
Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,591,437; Chris Paul (LAC) 929,155; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 883,809; James Harden (Hou) 485,986; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 376,411; Steve Nash (LAL) 270,741; Tony Parker (SA) 176,168; Stephen Curry (GS) 169,083; Ricky Rubio (Min) 150,227; Manu Ginobili (SA) 118,293