Suns’ Kevin Durant named NBA All-Star Game starter, Devin Booker not in starting 5

Jan 25, 2024, 5:39 PM | Updated: 5:48 pm

Kevin Durant...

Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after scoring against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on December 29, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant was named an NBA All-Star Game starter in the frontcourt for the Western Conference on Thursday.

It is the 14th All-Star selection for Durant, his first as a member of the Suns. He was pegged to start alongside LeBron James (Lakers), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Luka Doncic (Mavericks) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder). The Eastern Conference starters are Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Joel Embiid (76ers), Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers) and Damian Lillard (Bucks).

Durant is the first Suns player named an All-Star starter since Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Nash in 2010.

Starters were picked via fan voting (50%), a media panel (25%) and by current NBA players (25%). Reserves will be announced next Thursday.

Durant is fifth in the NBA in scoring at 29.1 points per game. He is the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week and scored 40 points on back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday. His game-winning shot over the Chicago Bulls Monday night lifted the Suns to a 23-point comeback victory.

The 35-year-old is also fourth in the league in 3-point shooting at 45.5%, a category his teammate Grayson Allen leads at 49.3%.

Durant has carried a heavy loads this season as the Suns dealt with injuries over the first half. He is third in minutes per game with 37.1, but now the Suns are healthier and on a roll having won seven straight games.

He earned a $1.2 million bonus for his selection, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The NBA’s coaches vote on the reserves, and commissioner Adam Silver picks injury replacements.

Devin Booker will be up for a spot, as he is eighth in the league in scoring at 27.2 points per game. Within the last week he has scored 52 points and 46 points in games.

The NBA is on Feb. 18 in Indianapolis and is a West vs. East format again after recent iterations saw captains picking their teams.

Phoenix Suns

Thaddeus Young...

Arizona Sports

Thaddeus Young signs with Phoenix Suns after Brooklyn Nets buyout

Veteran forward Thaddeus Young has officially signed with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, the team announced.

16 hours ago

Kevin Durant and Devin Booker look on...

Dan Bickley

Suns have 27 games to prep before chase for poetic justice begins

Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Suns fans can have a weight lifted if the 2023-24 Phoenix Suns can win an NBA championship this year.

17 hours ago

Arizona Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort chats pregame...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Sports’ 2024 Newsmakers Week schedule

Leaders from the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona State Sun Devils and more join Bickley & Marotta.

24 hours ago

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 05: Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns dunks past Isaiah Stewart #28...

Arizona Sports

Court date set for Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart in Phoenix for punching Suns’ Drew Eubanks

Phoenix Municipal Court has set a Feb. 23 court date for Pistons forward/center Isaiah Stewart on a misdemeanor assault charge.

2 days ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Eastern Conference All-Stars dribbles the ball...

David Veenstra

Blast from the past: Kevin Durant wears Nike KD 4 ‘Galaxy’ shoes in NBA All-Star Game

Kevin Durant decided to take things back to 2012 and lace up the Nike KD 4 "Galaxy" retro in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

2 days ago

Bradley Beal #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after drawing a foul from Onyeka Okongwu #17 of the Atla...

Damon Allred

Bradley Beal on track to return to Suns’ lineup after All-Star break, per report

Bradley Beal is "on track" to return to the lineup for a Thursday matchup with the Mavericks after dealing with nose and hamstring troubles.

2 days ago

Suns’ Kevin Durant named NBA All-Star Game starter, Devin Booker not in starting 5