Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has backed friend and Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson to be in the mix for a call-up to the 2014 All-Star game in New Orleans.
26-year-old Lawson, a former North Carolina Tar Heel who was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 18th overall pick of the 2009 draft before being swiftly traded to Denver, has been in fine form so far this season, averaging 18 points and eight assists per game under new coach Brian Shaw.
Potential MVP candidate Durant, who is many people's pick to break the dominance of Miami Heat counterpart LeBron James this year, has evidently been impressed by the consistent and productive displays of his former high-school room mate.
“I love playing against him,” Durant was quoted by the official website of the Denver Nuggets.
“It’s just fun. That’s my friend for life. It’s always going to be a fun rivalry between us two. There are so many great guards, but I think he’s in the mix to be an All-Star.
"He should be, in my opinion, with the numbers he’s putting up. He’s doing a great job of leading them. I think he deserves it. We still have a lot of games to go before then, but he’s playing at an All-Star level."
Lawson, who has never appeared in an All-Star game and would surely be considered an underdog with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Steph Curry currently leading the way to be named as the Western Conference's backcourt starters, had 17 points and a game-high 13 assists during the Nuggets' 105-93 defeat to the Thunder on Tuesday night.
Durant, meanwhile, dropped 30 and also racked up three assists and six rebounds during the game at Pepsi Center.