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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant: "I’m not an all-star.”

Oklahoman Modified: January 6, 2009 at 5:03 am •  Published: January 6, 2009
Durant: "I’m not an all-star.”
Kevin Durant said Monday he shouldn’t be in this year’s All-Star game despite ranking sixth in the league in scoring with a 23.8-point average.

"No, I don’t think so,” Durant said when asked if he feels he should be an all-star. "Because one of the requirements is that the team’s got to win. That’s a big part of being an all-star, leading your team to victories. Hopefully, before I’m done in this league I can be one of those, but right now I’m just trying to help this team turn it around and get better.”

The Thunder is a league-worst 4-30 entering tonight’s game against the New York Knicks.

"I definitely would trade (being a top 10 scorer) for being 30-4 right now,” Durant said. "But it feels good to come in and get better as the year goes on, get better as the summer went on and try to show it in this league.”

With Nick Collison (broken thumb), Joe Smith (knee contusion) and Kyle Weaver (ankle) all set to rejoin the Thunder’s lineup, and Nenad Krstic cleared to play, coach Scott Brooks has some tough decisions to make regarding playing time.

"Those are decisions that we all want,” Brooks said.


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