Durant Named Tokyo Olympics MVP, Joins FIBA’s Five All-Stars

During the Tokyo Olympics, Kevin Durant looked every bit the best player in the world, leading Team USA in the first half of the gold medal game and finished with 29 points.

No surprise, FIBA named Durant the men’s basketball MVP at the Tokyo Olympics. This comes on the heels of the Brooklyn Nets announcing Durant had agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract extension. Durant has had a good week.

Durant was also nominated to FIBA’s five-player all-tournament team for the Tokyo Games. On the men’s side, FIBA’s five all-stars are all NBA players, but only one is from the United States. The remaining four players represented their respective countries: Spain (Ricky Rubio), Australia (Patty Mills), Slovenia (Luka Doncic), and France (Luka Doncic) (Rudy Gobert).

FIBA also announced its five women’s team all-stars, and there was plenty of basketball talent to choose from. There was no debate over such selections; they were apparent. Throughout the Olympic tournament, Breanna Stewart, the best and most consistent American woman, was named the women’s Olympics MVP, while a few other American women could have made the case.

For the women, Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson represented the WNBA, and teams and leagues from throughout the world were also given representation.

Rui Machida, Japan’s breakout star, is a member of the national squad. Emma Meesseman of Belgium, the 2019 WNBA Finals MVP, is currently a Russian player following a seven-year tenure with the Washington Mystics. Sandrine Gruda, a French player who spent several years in the WNBA, now plays in Italy.

It’s also worth noting that Durant and Stewart both recovered from torn Achilles tendon tears to win Olympic MVP honors, proving that a torn Achilles is no longer the end of a career, at least not with the proper player and breakthroughs in medical science and recovery.