Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 12:36 pm  |  7 responses

Durant Named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year

Giving anyone else this honor would be an injustice. From USA Basketball: “After helping the USA earn a 9-0 record and the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and taking home tournament MVP honors in the process, Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) today was announced as the 2010 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. ‘It means a lot,’ Durant said. ‘My goal was to represent my country to the best of my ability. I really appreciate all of the coaches and players that I got to share that experience with. I am very humbled by this honor.’ Durant averaged a team-best and U.S. World Championship scoring record 22.8 points per game to help lead the USA to the FIBA World Championship gold medal Aug. 28 – Sept. 12 in Istanbul, Turkey. Named MVP of the tournament, he also was a member of the five-person All-World Championship Team.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Yep. He was definitely on fire in Turkey.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude is the future of the nba.. along with his teammate westbrook.. and the thunder are also the future of the nba

  • Luiyo

    Obvious choice

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde


  • JD

    I dont get how they call it athlete of the year rather than player of the year the title kind of implies they’ll turn around and give the award to a tennis player or something

  • LD

    @JD- It is a funny name for the award and so specific. How many people were nominated? Why not have an award called the “USA basketball male starting small forward during the 2010 World Championships athlete of the year.”

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