2012 NBA All-Star Game: West Roster Headlined By Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

The Western Conference All-Stars are the defending champions of the All-Star Game. The 2012 edition looks to repeat as champs this Sunday at Amway Center in Orlando, FL. Let's take a look at the roster and see who made the cut.

The Western Conference All-Stars are the defending champions of the All-Star Game. The 2012 edition looks to repeat as champs this Sunday at Amway Center in Orlando, FL. Let's take a look at the roster and see who made the cut.

STARTERS

Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) - Paul is making his fifth trip to the All-Star Game and first as a Clipper. The 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year wants to add ASG MVP to his list of growing credentials.

Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) - Kobe is the old man of the group, appearing in his 14th ASG. He's won the ASG MVP four times (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) and might be looking for five.

Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) - Durant is appearing in his third ASG. He's also the two-time winner of the H-O-R-S-E Competition. Not sure which is more impressive.

Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) - Griss is making his second ASG appearance. The 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Champion is putting solo contests aside and looking for the team win.

Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) - The Laker big man is making his ASG debut as a starter. Not bad for a guy who started the season on the bench due to a suspension.

RESERVES

LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trailblazers) - Aldridge is making his ASG debut in his sixth season in the league. The 2011 All-NBA Third Teamer continues to climb up the ranks.

Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) - Little Gasol is making his ASG debut this year. A member of the 2009 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, Gasol represents Memphis this weekend.

Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) - This is Love's second-straight appearance in the ASG but his first time getting in on votes. Last year he was an injury alternate.

Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns) - This is Nash's eighth appearance in the ASG. The two-time NBA MVP continues to rack up the accolades.

Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) - Dirk is in the ASG for the 11th-straight time. Last year's NBA Finals MVP is looking to add an ASG MVP to the trophy case.

Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) - Parker is making his fourth appearance in the ASG. It's also his first since 2009.

Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) - Westbrook joins teammate Durant for his second ASG. An All-NBA Second Teamer last year, Westbrook continues to impress.

For more on the All Star Game and the rest of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game festivities, stay with this SB Nation stream.

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