Kevin Durant believes it's "like a sin" that James Harden didn't make an All-NBA team

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Kevin Durant has had a busy summer getting used to being the new pantomime villain in the NBA, but the 2014 MVP still finds plenty of time to talk about other stuff on his mind.

The 27-year-old is currently with Team USA as they put the finishing touches on their preparations for the Rio Olympics next week, but the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen asked the former Oklahoma City Thunder man where James Harden should have made an All-NBA team or not.

Harden and Durant played alongside each other in Oklahoma for three years and have remained close friends since the former's departure. The Beard quite openly, and optimistically, tried to recruit KD to the Rockets this summer before Durantula eventually chose to sign with the Warriors.

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KD, who himself made the All-NBA Second Team, believes it's "like a sin" that Harden didn't get any recognition last season.

"Nobody really appreciates what he does except for the players in our league," Durant said. "Everybody on the outside doesn't really appreciate what he brings. Anybody that can put up 29 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and not make the All-NBA team, that's like a sin to even think about not putting a guy like that on the All-NBA team.

"As a player and someone that played with him and a fan of the game I was (angry) because somebody is right here in front of you and you can't appreciate him. If he were to retire tomorrow, we would have so many stories and videos about how great he is, but he's here right now doing it. Appreciate what he brings."

For Harden not to make the first team is kind of understandable when you put Houston's fortunes into context, even if they did make the playoffs. But to have not made any of the three teams? That's where it starts getting ridiculous.

As KD alluded to, Harden's record of 29 points, 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game last season was nearly unrivaled and only one true shooting guard in Klay Thompson made the teams.

The Rockets franchise player was second overall in scoring while dragging Houston to the postseason, and yet, that wasn't enough.

It must be assumed that the 26-year-old's perceived lack of effort on defence has cost him in the eyes of the voters. His character may also be in question with rumours that Dwight Howard was virtually forced to leave town and Ty Lawson couldn't settle alongside him either.

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