Kevin Durant has been named to the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive season, and Russell Westbrook earned Second Team honors for the second straight year.
Durant was joined on the First Team by LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.
Westbrook was joined on the second team by Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum and Tony Parker.
The All-NBA Third Team consisted of Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler.
Durant received 117 of a possible 120 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada to total 591 points. Durant trailed only James (118 first-team votes and 596 total points) in voting.
Players received five points for each first-team vote, three points for each second-team vote and one point for each third-team vote.
Westbrook garnered five first-team votes and totaled 239 points, edging Wade by four total points for Second Team.
DURANT BENEFITING FROM BEING PATIENT
Durant heads into his second straight Western Conference final playing the best ball he's ever played in the postseason.
The three-time scoring champ is averaging 26.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists. His scoring average is 1.9 points down from last year's playoffs, but he's shooting 48.8 percent from the field after shooting 44.9 percent last year. Durant also is shooting 36.7 percent from 3-point range after connecting on just 33.9 percent of his 3s last postseason.
Durant credited his improvement to letting the game come to him and not forcing the issue.
“It just allows me to also play hard on defense, get my teammates involved and just be efficient with my shots,” Durant said. “The shots I do get, if I miss them I can live with it because I think I'm getting good shots as opposed to if I miss three or four in a row trying to shoot myself back in the game.
“That's something I learned I can't do. I just got to keep being aggressive, not aggressive to always score but aggressive on the defensive end, aggressive to go get a rebound and also aggressive to make the right play. I just got to keep watching film and see how I can get better.
DEFENDING TONY PARKER
One of the biggest challenges the Spurs will present the Thunder when the Western Conference final begins Sunday is Parker, San Antonio's point guard.
Parker scored a season-high 42 points against the Thunder on February 4, which stands as the third most points scored by an opposing player against the Thunder this season.
“There's no question he's a good player. He's going to score. That's what he does,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He leads that team in scoring. He has the ball in his hands a lot and he gets to the paint and he's talented. He's smart, he's clever and his outside shot is much better. You have to respect that.”
Westbrook said Parker's quickness is a part of what makes him so effective.
“He likes to stay in attack mode and get in the paint to get guys open 3s,” Westbrook said. “So you got to find a way to slow him down.”
Asked if this season was the best Parker has played, Westbrook said: “I don't know. But his team is doing well. They had a great record, the best in the West so this definitely might be one of the best years he's played.”
VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE REACHES RECORD NUMBER
A record 24 teams will participate in this year's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The Thunder is among the seven NBA teams that will not.
Brooklyn, Detroit, Indiana, Philadelphia Orlando, and Utah also will not be present. Those seven teams are expected to compete in the Orlando Summer League, which the Thunder has made its summer league home since 2010.
The Thunder has opted to compete in Orlando annually as opposed to Las Vegas because of Orlando's shorter schedule and more structured environment. In Orlando, each team plays every day for five days. In Las Vegas, there are breaks each team's five-game schedule and the league is held over a 10-day span.
A team of NBA D-League Select players will serve as the 24th team in Las Vegas.