For the fourth straight season, Thunder forward Kevin Durant was selected to the All-NBA first team, while point guard teammate Russell Westbrook was selected to the second team for the third straight year.
Durant received 102 of a possible 119 first-team votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada who cover the NBA. Westbrook received 20 first-team votes.
Joining Durant on the first team are league Most Valuable Player LeBron James of Miami, who was the lone unanimous selection, plus Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and San Antonio center Tim Duncan.
This season, Durant joined Hall of Famer Larry Bird of Boston as the only NBA players in history to average better than 28.0 points while shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
Joining Westbrook on the second team are former Oklahoma standout forward Blake Griffin of the Clippers, New York forward Carmelo Anthony, Memphis center Marc Gasol and San Antonio point guard Tony Parker.
Former Thunder sixth man James Harden, who was traded to Houston before last season, was selected to the third team and was joined by Lakers center Dwight Howard, Miami guard Dwyane Wade, Golden State forward David Lee and Indiana forward Paul George.
Durant recorded three triple-doubles this season and averaged 28.1 points (second in the NBA), 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 38.5 minutes.
Westbrook, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two games into the postseason, averaged 23.2 points (sixth), 7.4 assists (seventh) and 1.77 steals (ninth) and also led the Thunder with 23 double-doubles.
THUNDER SELECTED ‘TEAM OF THE YEAR'
The Thunder was chosen 2013 Sports Team of the Year by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, the two leading publications on the business of sports.
The Thunder beat out the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Nationals and Seattle Sounders (soccer) for the award.
“In five years, the Thunder has become a small-market sensation, known as much for its community involvement as its on-court success,” the SBJ stated in a release. “A powerhouse at the turnstile, the Thunder rank(s) among the top teams in the NBA in attendance and season ticket renewals, despite its small market. The team boasts an aggressive use of social media and leads the league in local television ratings. It has become the gold standard for team business practices, whether it's innovative approaches to sponsorship or fan engagement strategies.”
The 2013 Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry for the period from March 1, 2012 through Feb. 28, 2013.
The award was presented at a live ceremony Wednesday at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
ORLANDO PRO SUMMER LEAGUE SET
The Thunder once again will compete in the Orlando Pro Summer League, which will be held July 7-12 on the Orlando Magic's practice court at the Amway Center.
The six-day event will feature 10 NBA teams and have a 25-game schedule. Also competing will be the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and Magic.
A new format this summer added two teams and an extra day to the competition. Each team will play five games, which includes “Championship Day” held July 12.
The Thunder will play against the Pacers (July 7 at 2 p.m.), Magic (July 8 at 10 a.m.), Pistons (July 9 at noon) and 76ers (July 10 at noon) before its championship game on July 12.
The event is open to media and team/league personnel only. Box scores, recaps and stats will be available at www.orlandomagic.com.