Top 5 Oklahoma City Thunder Players to Ever Make the All-Star Team
Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle Supersonics
Since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA. Besides their first season in Oklahoma City, the Thunder have made the playoffs each season and even made it all the way to the NBA Finals in 2012 only to lose to the Miami Heat in five games.
The Thunder have been great for the NBA and professional sports being the first professional sports team to ever play in Oklahoma City. The fans in Oklahoma City have embraced the Thunder by selling out the arena on a regular basis and the Thunder have embraced the fans by winning on a regular basis. It has been a great relationship between both parties, but people cannot forget that this franchise has had a long history in Seattle prior to moving to Oklahoma City when they were known as the Seattle Supersonics.
There have been many great players to play for this great franchise in Seattle and in Oklahoma City such as Gary Payton, Spencer Haywood, Lenny Wilkens, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Dennis Johnson, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and many more.
With the NBA All Star Game coming up this weekend in New Orleans, its a great time to look back at the great players of the past who played in the All-Star game for the Supersonics in Seattle and Thunder in Oklahoma City. Here are the top five players to ever play in the All-Star game for the Oklahoma City Thunder or Seattle Supersonics.
5. Jack Sikma
Jack Sikma was a seven-time All-Star while he was a member of the Supersonics from 1977-1985. During his time with the Supersonics, Sikma made the All-NBA Defensive team once and is the franchise leader in free-throws made, as well as defensive and total rebounds. Sikma's No. 43 is retired by the franchise.
4. Shawn Kemp
Shawn Kemp was a five-time NBA All-star while playing for the Seattle Supersonics from 1989-1997. During his time with the Supersonics, Kemp made the All-NBA team one time and is the franchise leader in free-throws attempted, offensive rebounds and blocked shots.
3. Lenny Wilkens
Wilkens played and coached for the Supersonics from 1969-1972 and made the All-Star game three out of the four seasons he was there, winning the All-Star Game MVP Award in 1971.
2. Kevin Durant
Durant is only 25 years old and has already accomplished so much. Durant is a five-time All-Star and won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 2012. He had made the All-NBA first team four times and also won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2008. This season, Durant is on pace to win his first NBA MVP Award while carrying the Thunder to the best record in the NBA at the All-Star break without their second best player, Westbrook, who is out due to injury. This season, Durant is averaging over 31 points per game while shooting the ball over 51 percent from the field and close to 42 percent from three-point range.
1. Gary Payton
Payton, who was just recently inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, was a nine-time All-Star for the Supersonics from 1990-2003. During his time with the Supersonics, Payton made the All-NBA first team twice, All-NBA second team five times and the All-NBA third team twice. Payton won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 and made the All-NBA Defensive team nine times, which is why he got his nickname, "The Glove."