Leave it to the "Round Mound of Sound” to pester Kevin Durant on one of the biggest days of his professional career. Shortly after announcing Durant as a first-time All-Star on Thursday night, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley engaged the Thunder forward in some good-natured ribbing via a televised phone interview from the TNT studio in Atlanta. "Kevin, in fairness, we didn’t want to break your heart on TV,” Barkley started. "You’ve been punk’d. You didn’t really make the team.” Replied Durant, over a sea of laughter from the studio, "That’s messed up, man.” Chalk it up to rookie hazing. Durant’s selection to the Western Conference squad marks the first time Oklahoma City has ever had an All-Star. It’s the Thunder franchise’s first selection since former Sonic Ray Allen was named a reserve in 2007. "It feels good,” Durant told the TNT crew. "It’s a dream come true for me. I’m happy to represent Oklahoma City and my family at the All-Star Game. It’s an honor and I’m very happy.” Durant, in his third season, has grown into the league’s third leading scorer at 29.3 points per game. Durant’s 7.3 rebounds lead all Thunder players, and he’s added 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 39.9 minutes per game, all career-highs. Led by Durant, the Thunder sports a surprising 24-21 record in 2009-10 after winning just 23 games last season. "Kevin, through his commitment, consistency and discipline, has earned this recognition,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. "He has worked diligently to improve himself as an all-around player and possesses a deep respect for team and community. We are proud to have Kevin represent the Thunder at NBA All-Star Weekend.” Durant is on pace to become just the second player in NBA history at 21 or younger to have a scoring average above 29 points. Cleveland’s LeBron James, with a 31.4-point average in 2005-06, is the only other 21-year-old to finish with a higher scoring clip. Durant also enters tonight’s game against Denver with 19 straight games of 25 points or more, a record streak for a player under the age of 22. Since Christmas, Durant, the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year, has averaged 31.9 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 49.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line. His 25 30-point games are an NBA best this season. "Kevin has earned it doing it the right way,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "He’s worked extremely hard even after our shootarounds and practices. He put in a lot of effort.” This year’s All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas before an expected crowd of 80,000, the largest group ever to witness a live basketball game. Durant will also defend his title in the H-O-R-S-E competition on Feb. 13. at the Dallas Convention Center.