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NBA All-Star: Kevin Durant announced as starter in Western Conference

The Phoenix Suns will have a starter in the All-Star Game for the first time since 2010.

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The last time the Phoenix Suns had a starter in the NBA All-Star Game was 2010. Yes, you read that right.

Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire suited up alongside Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tim Duncan as starters that season.

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14 years later, Suns forward Kevin Durant breaks that drought as he is announced as a starter in the Western Conference. He joins Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, Luka Doncic, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the starters in the West.

He finished third in frontcourt voting behind LeBron and Jokic and in front of the 4th place Anthony Davis.

The Eastern Conference starters: Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum, Tyrese Haliburton, Damian Lillard.

Kevin Durant is averaging 29.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.2 blocks on a 52/45/87 shooting split for the 5th seed in the West. The 35-year-old is averaging 37.1 minutes per game on the season.

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This will be Durant’s 14th nomination for the All-Star Game in his career.

He will earn a $1.2 million bonus for his selection to this year’s All-Star game.

We are still awaiting updates to see if Devin Booker made it as a reserve in the West.

Doncic and SGA are the two backcourt selections. Steph Curry and Anthony Edwards finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the backcourt voting.

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