WASHINGTON: The US basketball announced Wednesday that co-captains Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant were named the co-recipients of the 2016 US Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award for their incredible performances at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“The leadership of Carmelo and Kevin on the 2016 team was crucial and obvious to anyone who watched the team play or interact.
Both players played vital roles in leading our team to gold, and we are grateful for their dedication and commitment,” said Jim Tooley, US Basketball CEO/Executive Director.
This is the third time Anthony had this honor. He became USA Basketball’s first four-time men’s Olympian, the USA’s first four-time men’s medalist and the world’s first men’s player to win three basketball gold medals.
At the 2016 Olympics, both players started in all eight games to help the USA to an 8-0 record and win the gold medal. Anthony averaged a team second-best 12.1 points, with 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while Durant averaged a team-leading 19.4 points to go with 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.