Durant, Westbrook Named to All-NBA Teams
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 12, 2011 – Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named to the All-NBA First Team and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2010-11 season, it was announced earlier today by the National Basketball Association.
Durant was named to the All-NBA First Team for a second consecutive season after becoming just the 11th player in NBA history to win the scoring title in back-to-back seasons. During the 2010-11 season, Durant led the NBA with five 40-point scoring efforts en route to a league-best 27.7 point per game scoring average.
The two-time NBA Player of The Month (December and April) led the NBA with 29 30-point scoring efforts and in those games the Thunder posted a 24-5 record. Through his first four NBA seasons, Durant has amassed 8,128 points scored. Among all active NBA players only LeBron James (8,439) recorded more points scored through his first four NBA seasons.
Russell Westbrook, the former All-Rookie First Team award winner, received All-NBA Second Team honors after becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to record 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds through three NBA seasons (Chris Paul, LeBron James, Anfernee Hardaway and Oscar Roberston).
During the 2010-11 season Westbrook registered three triple-doubles (tied for 2nd most in the NBA) and 31 double-doubles. Westbrook hit the 30-point scoring mark on 12 occasions while increasing his scoring average by 5.8 points from the previous season.
Westbrook was the only player to start all 82 games for the Thunder and he was named the NBA Player of the Week four times.
The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Joining Durant on the All-NBA First Team are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.
Russell Westbrook was joined on the All-NBA Second Team by Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks.