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2012 NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Durant Voted to Start for Second Consecutive Year

The NBA released the final votes for the 2012 All-Star game. As anticipated, Kevin Durant has been voted in as the starting small forward for the West.

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Durant was the 2nd highest vote receiver in the Western Conference, gathering over 1.3 million votes. Only Kobe Bryant received more with over 1.5 million votes. Durant is the geographical odd-man out - the rest of the West is a Los Angeles showcase. Joining KD and Kobe are Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the Clippers and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers.

In the East, voters have selected LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard to represent the starters for the Eastern Conference. Dwight Howard was the top vote receiver both in the East as well as overall, gaining more than 1.6 million votes.

Also receiving votes from OKC were Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins.

Coaches from both conferences are still to be determined, but historically head coaches are selected based on who owns the best record in their respective conference. Under this scenario, Scott Brooks has an excellent chance to be named head coach for the West. Currently the Thunder have the best record in the NBA, at 17-4.

All-Star reserves are selected by the coaching staff, so if Brooks is named head coach, there is a good chance that he will be able to select Russell Westbrook as one of his reserve guards.