When reminded that he would never start if coaches voted him in each year Durant responded, â€œThat's fine with me. I'm still a part of it.â€
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, appears to be on the same trajectory as Durant a year ago. After failing to crack the top 11 players in the first returns of fan voting last year, Westbrook has risen to seventh among West guards this season. Westbrook, with 140,519 votes, currently trails Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili, Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Jason Kidd.
â€œAs long as our team is doing good, that's a good thing to have on your side,â€ Westbrook said.