Kevin Durant became the first Seattle player to win the NBA rookie-of-the-year award -- and perhaps the last.
Durant, the national college player of the year at Texas and the No. 2 pick in last year's draft, averaged 20.3 points for the SuperSonics. He was the league's youngest player at 19.
The SuperSonics have a trial date next month in their bid to move to Oklahoma City.
Durant received 90 first-place votes (545 points) from a panel of 125 writers and broadcasters. Atlanta's Al Horford finished second with 390 points, and Houston's Luis Scola was third with 146 points.
"I didn't think I would get it," Durant said, "because those other rookies helped their teams get into the playoffs."
Meanwhile, P.J. Carlesimo will return to coach the SuperSonics next season, said General Manager Sam Presti, ending speculation Carlesimo might be fired after the worst season (20-62) in club history.