Wednesday , Apr , 30 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kevin Durant to Be Named Rookie of the Year

Kevin Durant, who led all first-year players in scoring, assists and free-throw percentage, will be named the NBA’s rookie of the year and become the first Sonics player to win the award.

Two league sources confirmed Durant outdistanced second-place finisher Al Horford, an Atlanta forward. The sources spoke anonymously because the official announcement is scheduled for Thursday.

Durant, who has spent the past couple of weeks in his hometown of Washington, D.C., will collect the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy at a team function in downtown Seattle. [Seattle Times]