The accolades continue to accumulate.
USA Basketball announced on Friday that Kevin Durant has been named the 2020 Male Athlete of the Year. It was the third time KD has won the honor, having won it in 2010 and 2016. No other male player has won. the price three times. Durant also becomes the second Net – and the first Brooklyn Net – to be so honored. Jason Kidd was named player of the year in 2007. Kyrie Irving was honored in 2014 when he was with the Cavs.
“It’s amazing to be honored in this way,” Durant said. “First of all, representing your country and doing it among the best athletes in the world is an honor. So many great athletes go through USA Basketball and the national teams in general in all sports, and therefore to be chosen as one of the top athletes is an honor. I am very grateful for the opportunity and grateful to have received this award.
Durant, of course, led the United States to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, his third to tie him (along with Carmelo Anthony) for the most gold in 85 years of service. men’s basketball at the Olympics. FIBA, which hosts international basketball competitions, named Durant the MVP of the Games in August. He and Patty Mills, who won a bronze medal for Australia, have been named to the “five star of five stars,” essentially the first team of Olympic stars.
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KD averaged 20.7 points per game leading the team and the second best team with 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in Tokyo. He shot 52.9% from the field, 37.5% from 3 points and 90.5% from the free throw line.
“As he has done before, Kevin Durant performed brilliantly on the international stage and paved the way for another gold medal,” said US head coach Gregg Popovich, who was named co-recipient. of the 2021 US National Basketball Coach of the Year. Dec. 15. “I remain impressed with his work ethic, his leadership and his desire to excel. “
In addition to his accomplishments on the international stage, Durant has won two NBA Championships, two Finals MVPs, two All-Star Game MVPs, 2014 Regular Season MVP and 2008 Rookie of the Year. He is nine. All-NBA times. selection and 11 times All-Star. In October 2021, as part of the 75th anniversary of the NBA, Durant was honored as one of the 75 Greatest Players of All Time.
Sue Bird was named American Basketball Player of the Year.