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Durant named Tokyo Olympics MVP; Doncic joins him on all-tournament team

Men's Basketball Medal Ceremony: Day 15

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Kevin Durant of Team United States poses for photographs with his gold medal during the Men’s Basketball medal ceremony on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 07, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant looked every bit the best player in the world during the Tokyo Olympics, including carrying Team USA in the first half of the gold medal game and finishing it with 29 points.

Not surprisingly, FIBA named Durant the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball MVP.

This came on the same day the Brooklyn Nets announced Durant signed a four-year, $198 million contract extension with the team. It’s been a good week for KD.

Durant was also part of the five-man all-tournament team named by FIBA for the Tokyo Games. Not surprisingly, he was joined by Luka Doncic of Slovenia, Patty Mills (who led Australia to the bronze), Rudy Gobert of France, and Ricky Rubio of Spain.

There was no controversy with those selections; they were the clear and obvious ones. Just as making Breanna Stewart — the best and most consistent American woman through the Olympic tournament — the women’s Olympics MVP was a good choice (although a few American women could have made a case).

Also worth noting: Durant and Stewart have bounced back from a torn Achilles to be the Olympics MVP. That injury used to be the end of a career, but no longer, not with the right player and advancements in medical technology and recovery.