On Thursday night something happened that had never happened in Thunder history before.
No, Russell Westbrook nor Kevin Durant set some crazy record for 3 pointer made or recorded triple-doubles. Nothing like that as a matter of fact the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t even play on Thursday night.
The 2016 All-Star starters were announced:
Western Conference Starters :
- Forward Kobe Bryant LAL
- Forward Kawhi Leonard SAS
- Forward Kevin Durant OKC
- Guard Russell Westbrook OKC
- Guard Stephen Curry GSW
Eastern Conference Starters are:
- Forward LeBron James CLE
- Forward Carmelo Anthony NYK
- Forward Paul George IND
- Guard Dwayne Wade MIA
- Guard Kyle Lowery TOR.
You may have noticed, maybe you didn’t. I’m sure by now you’ve heard, but if you have not heard the Thunder is the only team with two All-Star starters. Yes, of course it’s a fan vote and it’s not based on statistics and performance alone. If that was the case Zaza Pachulia wouldn’t have been only a few thousand votes out of a starting spot. Let’s be real for a minute can we?
Kevin Durant got the votes he needed because he’s a once in a lifetime type of player, he’s a likable person, and oh yeah did I mention he is having a pretty decent season? He’s averaging 26.5 points, 4.5 assists, 7.7 rebounds per game, all while shooting 50.7 percent.
Did I mention he’s pretty good? Because he is.
Russell Westbrook received the vote on the other hand because he’s completely wild out of control chaos (in a good way). You never know what he’s going to do.
Fans also really seemed to enjoy his All-Star game MVP performance last year and may be wondering if he can repeat. Westbrook is also have a pretty decent season in his own right, 23.9 points, 9.8 assists (A career high), 7.1 rebounds, while shooting 45.2 percent.
Even though it is just an exhibition game, that in reality has no meaning on the regular season, playoff picture, or home court advantage, it is still cool to say the Thunder is the only team that TWO All-Star game starters.
That means two of the most popular players in the whole world play right here in little ole Oklahoma City.
That’s pretty amazing. This could potentially be the first and final time Thunder fans will get to watch Durant and Westbrook start alongside each other as teammates, so you should enjoy it.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!