Why Kevin Durant Belongs in the NBA All-Star Game

Pete TreperinasCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2009

Perhaps it's the fact that the Oklahoma City Blunder are one of the worst teams in the league; maybe it's because there are so many good guards in the West. However, there is no reason that Kevin Durant shouldn't be playing in the NBA All-Star Game this year.

I feel bad for Durant. Not just because he's stuck in Oklahoma, but also because he's been carrying OKC all by himself. 

Durant's stats (24.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 2.7 APG) are definitely All-Star worthy. Hell, he ranks sixth in the league in scoring. 

The guards chosen to represent the West as reserves this year are Tony Parker, Brandon Roy, and Chauncey Billups. But as I understand it, Durant was also eligible to be an All-Star as a forward. 

Even if you're playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging nearly 25 points per game is grounds for an All-Star bid. 

Durant has no doubt come a long way since his rookie year. His only year in Seattle was shaky at times, and Durant was shooting the rock a lot, probably too much. Durant would go through patches as a rookie where he would go 8-30 from the field and miss five three's a night. 

But that's long gone. Durant's 3-point percentage is up 20 percent from last season, and he's now shooting 47 percent from the field, up from last season's 43 percent. 

As I mentioned earlier, a lot of this must have to do with how bad Durant's team is. On Jan. 24, he put up 46 points in a loss to the Clippers. Usually when any one player scores 46 against this year's Clippers, it results in a W. 

As for this year, Durant will make a trip to Phoenix anyways to compete in the Rookie-Sophomore game. 

His improvements are evident, and Durant is now a bona fide proven NBA player. He'll be an All-Star, and probably a superstar for a new team before we know it.