Durant Named All-Star Starter

Former Texas star Kevin Durant will start his fourth consecutive NBA All-Star Game after garnering the most votes in the Western Conference.

Durant, who will be playing in his fifth overall All-Star contest, grabbed 1,396,294 votes. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward will start alongside Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry.

Durant has put on a show in his previous All-Star games, scoring 28.8 points per game, the highest scoring average in NBA history through a player's first four All-Star appearances. Durant scored 30 points last year and won the All-Star game MVP award after the 2012 game in which he scored 36 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out three assists and had three steals in 36 minutes.

The Thunder currently lead the Western Conference with a 33-10 record, thanks largely to Durant scoring a career-high 31.0 points per game. Durant is also averaging 7.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. But he's really come on of late, scoring 38.1 potions per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the field.

Seven reserves for each team will be picked via a poll of the league's coaches and will be announced on Jan. 30, with former Longhorn Lamarcus Aldridge expected to earn a spot in his third consecutive All-Star Game as well.

Durant and Texas Ex Slater Martin are the only ex-Longhorns to start an NBA All-Star game. Martin made seven games, starting five.

The All-Star game will be televised on TNT on Feb. 16.

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