OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant named to All-NBA first team

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: May 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm •  Published: May 6, 2010

Kevin Durant was named All-NBA First Team on Thursday, joining legends LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard.

The youngest scoring champion in NBA history, a first-time All-Star who finished second in the MVP voting, Durant was voted first team on 107 of the 122 ballots of sportswriters and broadcasters who vote for first, second and third team.

When he was informed he might finish second in the MVP balloting, Durant said: “It really doesn’t matter (where I finish),” Durant said. “It’s cool to be in the conversation. I’m just glad that we’re getting better as a group.”

Durant averaged 30.1 points, made the sixth most free throws in a season (756) in league history, shot 90.0 percent at the line to finish sixth, led Oklahoma City in rebounding and had a two-month-long streak of 29 consecutive games scoring 25 or more points.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant, 21, has improved in every aspect, specifically defensively.

“Kevin has improved in a lot of areas this year but he still has a lot of areas he needs to get better,” Brooks said. “He can be a better defender. He can be a better rebounder. He can be a better passer. He can be a better post-up player. He can even be a better free throw shooter. There a few guys better than him in the league.

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