Kevin Durant may not actually play in the game, but for the 12th time, he is an All-Star — and for the second time, a captain.
The Nets forward, who is currently sidelined by a sprained MCL, was announced as a starter for the NBA All-Star Game. He was also named a captain for the second straight year as the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference.
Durant was putting together an MVP-caliber season before suffering his knee injury in mid-January. In 36 games, he was averaging a league-high 29.3 points to go with 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 36.5 minutes.
Coach Steve Nash said that Durant would be reevaluated within the next week, declining to confirm or deny a report that Durant would miss the All-Star Game to continue his rehab.