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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm •  Published: December 15, 2010
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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.


“I had so much fun playing over there,” Durant said before Wednesday night's game against Houston inside Oklahoma City Arena. “To 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.”

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.

“Kevin brought maturity and a winning mindset to every practice and every game last summer,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached Team USA. “He 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.”

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.

SAY WHAT?

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.

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