Last week the NBA announced 1,345,566 votes were cast for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, thereby securing his place as a starter on the 2012 Western Conference All-Star team. As the numbers go, Durant received the most votes for the forward position in the Western Conference. A distant second in forwards was the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (876,451 votes). Overall, Durant was second only to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in conference voting (who nabbed 1,555,479 votes).
“To to see that many votes he had compared to the next forward, it was a great thing,” Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook told HOOPSWORLD. “It’s a great, great thing (to be voted by) the fan base especially, you know, starting here and expanding across the world.”
Durant is no stranger to the All-Star Weekend festivities. In 2010 – his third season in the NBA – he was named an All-Star reserve. He was voted an All-Star starter last year. He’s also logged time in the Rookie-Sophomore game and is the reigning back-to-back H-O-R-S-E champion.
“I feel like a vet now, to be honest,” said Durant, a wide grin spreading across his face. “It was an exciting feeling when I got that call.”
If he had been keeping track of the voting, he may not have been too surprised. Final confirmation, however, inevitably gave him a special feeling.
“You’ve got to be thrilled when something like that happens, regardless if you know it’s coming or not,” shared Westbrook.
“(I’m) just blessed that I got this opportunity, blessed the fans voted me in, so I’m going to do my best to represent,” Durant said.