Why doesn’t Kevin Durant play the 2022 All Star Game and how many times has he missed it?

Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the world. In fact, He is one of the best players in history. And his position, of course, is among those who have been selected the most times to play the All Star Game, the legendary All-Star Party of the NBA. With your place for 2022 He has twelve in his professional career, which began with the number 2 pick in the draft in 2007. Durant, 33, only has 15 players with the most nominations ahead: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant’s 18 and, from there, three players with 15, four with fourteen, five with three. … and the batch of twelve, in which K.D. He is already alongside legends like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Oscar Roberson, Bill Russell, Moses Malone…

But Durant won’t be at the Cleveland date. On January 15, he suffered a knee sprain in the game between his Nets and the Pelicans. Since then he has not played and tries to recover fully to face the final stretch of the season and the playoffs with a team called to be one of the top contenders for the ring. Durant has served as captain for being the most voted player in the Eastern Conference, but he will not be on track with the Team Durant. His place has been taken by LaMelo Ball. He is a carbon copy of what happened in 2021, when he was captain but missed the game due to injury, then a hamstring problem. His place was taken by Domantas Sabonis. He was not in 2020 either, because 2019-20, his first at the Brooklyn Nets, was the season he spent in white recovering from the extremely serious Achilles tendon injury he suffered in Game 5 of the 2019 Finals, his last appearance with the Golden State Warriors.

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So Durant played his last All Star in 2019, when he had 31 points, 7 rebounds and a 6/9 triple. AND He has played ten so far, all in a row between his first selection, in 2010, and that of 2019. Then he was left out for not playing in 2020 and, although the selections do count, he has missed the last two editions (2021 and the imminent 2022) due to injury. That of 2020 was the first (and the only) in which he was not selected beyond his first two seasons in the NBA (2008 and 2009).

Durant has the second-best scoring average in All Star Game history: 250 in 10 games, 25 per performance. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 28.8 are ahead. In total points, LeBron James commands (389) and Durant is fifth. He is very close to Kareem (251), Michael Jordan (262) and also close to Kobe (290). But he will have to wait for 2023 to continue adding.

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