Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant makes a case for Serge Ibaka as an All-Star

After handing out 10 assists — part of his fifth career triple-double — the Thunder superstar served up one more in the postgame locker room. His quest to get teammate Serge Ibaka in next month's All-Star game.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 26, 2014

Kevin Durant was in a giving mood on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

After handing out 10 assists — part of his fifth career triple-double — the Thunder superstar served up one more in the postgame locker room.

His quest to get teammate Serge Ibaka in next month's All-Star game.

“There's so many power forwards and forwards in our conference, so it's tough,” Durant admitted. “But if you're going off record and what Serge has done, his line of work proves it all. He should be in there.”

Ibaka is averaging career-highs in both points (14.7) and rebounds (8.9), while continuing to serve as one of the league's most feared interior defenders.

He blocks 2.5 shots per game, third most in the NBA, and alters a ton more, anchoring a Thunder defense that gives up the third-fewest points per possession (0.988) in the league.

But beyond the numbers, Durant argued, it's the Thunder's success, which has plenty to do with Ibaka's end-to-end play, that should put him over the top.

“These guys keep talking about Portland should get three guys in, Indiana should get three guys in. Well we're the top team in the West right now,” Durant said. “Why can't we get two guys in, if anything? I know Russell (Westbrook) is out and I got named as a starter. So why can't we get another guy in if those teams get three?”

The All-Star reserves will be announced on Thursday. Ibaka's main frontcourt competition includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Nicolas Batum.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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