Another addition to the Kevin Durant trophy case has come with his selection as 2010 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
Durant led Team USA to a 9-0 record, the gold medal and was named Most Valuable Player at the FIBA World Championship last summer in Turkey.
â€œI had so much fun playing over there,â€ Durant said before Wednesday night's game against Houston inside Oklahoma City Arena. â€œTo be named as the athlete of the year is an amazing accomplishment. I'm so humbled by it. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can every day to maintain that level.â€
Durant averaged a team-best 22.8 points per game, shooting 55.6 percent from the field, 44.6 percent from 3-point and 91.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and a team-high 28.2 minutes per game.
â€œKevin brought maturity and a winning mindset to every practice and every game last summer,â€ said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached Team USA. â€œHe was a critical part of our success, and his teammates wanted him to have the ball in critical situations. They knew he'd deliver, and he did repeatedly.â€
Durant will be submitted for the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2010 Sportsman of the Year Award, which is expected to be announced in January.
The Thunder has an 11-7 record when committing 15 or fewer turnovers in a game. That means it is now 7-1 when committing 16 or more turnovers. The Thunder committed 17 turnovers in its 117-105 victory over the Rockets.