Kevin Durant is USA Basketball Top Male Athlete of the Year for 2010

By on Dec 16, 2010 in Basketball, Current Events, Sports, United States, World Comments
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NEW YORKKevin Durant has been chosen as the 2010 Male Athlete of the Year for USA Basketball on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, according to international sports sites. The 22-year old Durant, led the United States National team in its first world championship title in 16 years. He will be submitted to the US Olympic Committee‘s 2010 sportsman of the year award.

Durant is the Oklahoma Thunder top superstar player in the NBA. In the current NBA 2010 season, he is the league’s leading scorer, averaging 27.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, according to NBA.com. In the World Championships, Durant averaged 22.8 points on 55.6 FG percentage as he was given the Most Valuable Player award. He top scored in the World Championship‘s Final game with 28 points as the US National team beat hosts Turkey, 81-64.

Here is Kevin Durant‘s statement released by USA Basketball:

It means a lot. 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.

Meanwhile, US National Team Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is all praises for Durant. Coach K was quoted:

Kevin brought maturity and a winning mindset to every practice and every game last summer.

He was a critical part of our success, and his team mates wanted him to have the ball in critical situations.

“They knew he’d deliver, and he did repeatedly. Despite his level of accomplishment at such a young age, Kevin wants to be a better player at both ends of the court. He’s motivated, and there’s no ceiling on his game.



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