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Kevin Durant has just been named as one of the six participants in the 2011 NBA Three Point Contest the night before the All-Star Game in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He will be joined by Ray Allen (Boston Celtics), Daniel Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers), James Jones (Miami Heat), Dorrell Wright (Golden State Warriors) and the defending champion, Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics).

Pierce may be the defending champ, but he is not the only particpant who has won the contest before. Allen won it while he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2001.

Durant is looking to become the first player in Oklahoma City history to win this contest, but he would not be the first player in franchise history to hold the trophy. In fact, back when they were the Seattle Super Sonics, Dale Ellis won the contest back in 1989.

It promises to be a busy weekend for Durant and some of his teammates. He and Russell Westbrook will both play in the game itself on Sunday, but Durant will have some company Saturday night as well.

Serge Ibaka will take part in the Slam Dunk Contest at the end of the night. He will also play the night before in the Rookie Challenge as part of the Sophomores team.

Westbrook also has a shot to participate in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night, provided he is chosen as one of the top four players. You can vote now through Valentine's Day at http://www.nba.com/chooseyoursquad for Westbrook.

NBA All-Star Weekend promoses to have plenty of fanfare, and now fans of the Thunder will have plenty to cheer for on all three nights.

* Make sure to follow Kelley on Twitter @RobKelley24.

 

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