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Loud Links: 05|06|10 - KD's 1st Team All-NBA

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Getty Images Best on offense (Durant), defense (Howard) pace All-NBA team
Durant earns his first All-NBA First Team selection after becoming the youngest player (21 years and 197 days) to lead the league in scoring (30.1 ppg). His 756 free throws made was the sixth highest single-season total in NBA history and the highest since Michael Jordan made 833 in the 1986-87 season, while his .900 percentage from the line ranked sixth overall. Durant earned NBA Western Conference Player of the Month honors in April after scoring 30-plus points in seven consecutive games to close the regular season.

ESPN's Mock has OKC drafting Alabi and Ebanks | ESPN Insider
Analysis: The Thunder continue to lack a legitimate low-post threat. They drafted B.J. Mullens to be that guy last year, but he's still a work in progress. Alabi will be, too, but at this point in the draft, he has too much size and upside to pass on.

Analysis: Ebanks has lottery talent. Defensively, he can do it all with his long wingspan and above-average mobility for his size. But until he develops a reliable jump shot, he remains a work in progress.

NBA history offers warning to Thunder that success can be fragile |
Does all this sound familiar? It should. Look at Oklahoma City. After the Thunder's tantalizing first-round series with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant declared that OKC would be an NBA force for years to come. A strange thing happened to that Bullets team (now known as the Wizards): Its three-month run of glory, in which everything coalesced perfectly, was derailed by injuries and off-court troubles the next season. Out of sheer frustration by its lack of advancement, that team of the future was dismantled, never becoming the powerhouse many envisioned. (Washington didn't return to the playoffs again until 2005.)

Oklahoma City bar cited for allowing Harden inside |
A person flagged down officers about 12:05 a.m. and said Thunder reserve guard James Harden, 20, was inside Roc Bar, 119 E California Ave., according to an Oklahoma City police report released today. Officers found Harden inside the club and asked him for his identification, and he said it was in his vehicle, according to the report. He provided them with his date of birth. Officers issued the misdemeanor citation to Nathanial Z. Nold, 30, the report states. Harden was not arrested or cited, records show.