For the third straight year, the Thunder’s superduo will be together at the All-Star Game.
Joining Kevin Durant who was named a starter last week, Russell Westbrook been named to his third All-Star team, once again as a reserve.
Westbrook finished fifth in the voting among backcourt players behind Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin and James Harden. Westbrook pulled in 376,411 votes.
It’s been a career year in a lot of ways for Westbrook as he’s shown a lot of development in a bunch of different areas in his game. If you were feeling frisky, you could make a very strong case that he deserved the starting backcourt nod over Kobe Bryant even.
The West starters are Paul, Bryant, Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard. The East’s are Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.
Western reserves are Westbrook, Tony Parker, Harden, Zach Randolph, David Lee, Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge. The East’s are Joakim Noah, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, Paul George, Tyson Chandler and Jrue Holiday.
Serge Ibaka had a decent case to be an All-Star this season but the incredible frontcourt depth in the Western Conference made it exceptionally difficult to make the cut.
The All-Star Game is Feb. 17 in Houston.