The hardcore National Basketball Association (NBA) fans may not have forgotten the guy who entertained the most in the NBA Finals in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
Kevin Durant played for the Golden State Warriors then, winning the championships on both occasions.
Currently, he plays for the Brooklyn Nets since 2019. He is one of the most renowned power forwards in the world. Durant is considered one of the most successful NBA players on and off the court.
The 32-year-old has bagged two NBA Championships with the Finals Most Valuable Player title on both occasions. Besides, he has earned the NBA MVP Award and the Rookie of the Year Award for one time each.
Starting his NBA career in 2007, he successfully poached two gold medals at the Olympics.
Moreover, he achieved it for two seasons straight. Besides, he had shown signs of success in early NBA days with Seattle SuperSonics.
Today, he is easily included in the world’s list of highest-earning basketball players with club contracts and endorsement deals. So let’s have a quick look at his journey, starting from his childhood to present success.
|Full Name||Kevin Wayne Durant|
|Birth Date||September 29, 1988|
|Birth Place||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Education||National Christian Academy, Maryland|
Oak Hill Academy, Virginia
Montrose Christian School, Maryland
University of Texas
University of Southern California
|Father’s Name||Wayne Pratt|
|Mother’s Name||Wanda Durant|
|Siblings||One Sister and Two Brothers|
|Age||34 years old|
|Height||6 feet 11 inches (211 cm)|
|Weight||108 kg (240 lbs)|
|Shoe Size||18 (US)|
|Favorite Food||Crab Legs|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Playing Position||Small Forward / Power forward|
|Active years (Senior Career)||2007 – present|
|Team||Seattle SuperSonics (2007 – 2008)|
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008 – 2016)
Golden State Warriors (2016 – 2019)
Brooklyn Nets (2019 – present)
|Marital Status||Unmarried (Single)|
|Ex-Girlfriend’s Name||Apryl Jones (rumors)|
|Favorite Album||‘Take Care’ by Drake|
|Net Worth||$170 million|
|Endorsements||Gatorade, Nike, Degree|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
|Merch||Vinyl Figure, Paperback|
Kevin Durant | Early Life, Family, and Education
Kevin was born in Washington, D.C., on the 29th of September 1988. He is the son of Wayne Pratt and Wanda Durant. His parents divorced when he was an infant. Consequently, his grandma Barbara Davis helped his mother to raise him.
Kevin grew up with his three siblings in Maryland. Tony and Rayvonne are his brothers, and Brianna is his sister.
He joined National Christian School, where he played basketball for two years. Later, his father joined him in traveling to the basketball tournaments when he was 13.
Then, he was transferred to Oak Hill Academy for a year. Eventually, he ended up at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, where he played his senior basketball games.
Kevin was tall from the early days of his life. He was 6 feet in middle school and 6 feet 7 inches in senior-level at high school.
Similarly, he idolized Vince Carter of his favorite Toronto Raptors. Also, he played basketball in the Amateur Athletic Union.
Besides, he was named the All-Met Basketball Player of the Year by the Washington Post. Also, he received the MVP title at the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2006.
Kevin Durant | Age, Height, and Physical Appearances
As of now, Durant is 32 years born under the sun-sign Libra. It is believed that people born with this sun sign tend to be of having a logical mind and a fair judgment.
When talking about Kevin’s height, he stands at an outstanding height of 6 feet 11 inches (211 cm).
This seems to be an excellent height for a basketball player like him. Likewise, with regular physical exercise and a balanced diet plan, he weighs around 108 kg (240 lbs).
Kevin’s look is incomplete without his dark brown pair of eyes and dark brown hair color. Similarly, he wears a shoe size of 18 (US). Unfortunately, his body measurement is unknown at the moment.
Durant belongs to American nationality with black ethnicity and follows Christianity religion.
Kevin Durant | College Career
Durant, 6 feet 9 inches tall, joined the University of Texas in 2006. With the Texas Longhorns, he averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds in the first season.
In the NCAA Tournament, Kevin and the Longhorns had a sad exit in the second round.
Kevin received eight honors in his college career, including the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year award.
This made him the first freshman to win either of the national level Player of the Year awards. The Texas Longhorns later retired the No. 35 shirts he wore there.
Kevin Durant | Professional Career
After the first season with the Texas Longhorns, Durant declared himself available for the NBA Draft. He was in the 19th year of his life at the time.
The Seattle SuperSonics poached him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He debuted against the Denver Nuggets with 18 points and five rebounds.
Overall, he recorded an average of 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in the debut NBA season.
Furthermore, his brilliance was recognized with the NBA Rookie of the Year title.
Oklahoma City Thunder
With new colors – Blue, Orange, and Yellow
Since 2008, the SuperSonics transformed to the Thunder after moving to Oklahoma City. In the opening season of the Thunders, he recorded 25.3 points per game.
Also, he played at the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend, earning 46 points, a Rookie Challenge record. The next season, he earned his first NBA All-Star selection. That season, he recorded 30.1 points per game.
Durant started the 2010-11 season with an $86 million per five-year contract extension with the Thunders.
Besides, he led the team in the playoffs by defeating the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies on the way. But they had to bow out from the next round of a Conference Finals.
First NBA Finals
Durant earned the NBA All-Star MVP Award at the 2011 All-Star game. He had recorded an average of 28 points per game in the 2011-2012 season.
He was the key player in the Thunder’s win over Dallas, the Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs. However, they lost 4-1 against the Miami Heat in the Finals.
Kevin had an average of 28.1 in the 2012-13 season. Unfortunately, with the first seed in the Western Conference, the Thunders had to lose out from the playoffs’ second round.
They had defeated the Houston Rockets before losing against the Memphis Grizzles.
MVP of the season
Kevin had a streak of 41 games with at least 25 points that saw him surpass the record held by Michael Jordan.
He led the Thunders for 59 wins in the 2013-14 season. Individually, he achieved a 32 points average with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. These stats won him the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the season by voting.
Late days with the Thunders
Durant was forced to miss out first 17 games of the 2014-15 season with a fracture in his right foot. As a result, he appeared in only 27 games in the season with 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
The next season, he made an NBA record of 64 consecutive games with at least 20 points. In the 2015-16 season, Durant averaged 28.2 points with 8.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
In the playoffs, he led the Thunders to win the first and second rounds against the Mavericks and Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs, respectively.
However, the run was halted as the Golden State Warriors beat them in the third round.
Golden State Warriors
Kevin signed for the Golden State Warriors with a $54.3 million two-year deal. It was considered a good move for a player of his caliber.
He debuted for the Warriors in October 2016 against San Antonio Spurs. His previous club’s fan booed him when he defeated the Thunder with his new team.
NBA Finals and MVPs
In the postseason of 2016-17, Durant was a key player in the Warriors’ NBA Finals journey. He averaged 35.2 points with 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
The Warriors went on to win the Finals against Kyrie Irving‘s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Furthermore, he earned the MBA Finals MVP title. The next season Durant resigned from the Warriors. He earned a career total of 20,000 points on January 10, 2018, against the Clippers.
In the postseason games, he had averages of 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists. The Warriors had a dominating win over the Cavaliers for the second NBA Final in a row. Durant again won the Finals MVP honor.
Final season with the Warriors
Durant again extended his contract with the Warriors with $61.5 million for a two-year contract. However, he strained his right calf in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.
This saw him sidelined for nine games. Again, after return, he fell and injured his lower right calf. Subsequently, the Warriors lost the NBA finals.
Durant signed for the Brooklyn Nets on July 7, 2019, under a sign and trade deal. The next season, he caught the coronavirus along with three other colleagues. After 14 days in isolation, he tested negative for the disease.
Kevin Durant | International career
Durant was able to enter the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
He had a vital role in earning the championship title for his nation. Besides, he received the tournament’s MVP honors on the way. Furthermore, he helped the US to snatch the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Again, he played for the national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
This time too, he performed exceptionally to secure a gold medal for the United States. Accordingly, he received USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
Will Kevin Durant play at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Yes, the two-time Olympic gold medalist will play for the US men’s national basketball team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He was included in the 2020 Olympics roster selected by head coach Gregg Popovich.
This will be the NBA player’s third consecutive appearance in the Olympics. He played for the US national team that won the 2012 & 2016 Olympics and is the most experienced player on the roster.
The US team, who are the reigning champions, are determined to bring the gold home again for the fourth time consecutively.
Moreover, they have always dominated the Olympics’ basketball games and have won the most gold medals in that category.
Likewise, Gregg is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA who has led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA championships.
First Loss In The Tokyo 2020 Olympics
The team and coach Pop, with assistant coaches Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce, Jay Wright, seem confident about winning again. However, they recently lost their first match in the Tokyo Olympics against France by seven points.
As Durant is one of the best players on the US team, he is receiving a lot of criticism and heat for his performance.
Likewise, many fans have lost hope in coach Pop, but KD said that Gregg, who would’ve begged Durant to play in Tokyo Olympics had he said no, is serious about winning.
Furthermore, he said,
“Gregg Popovich be having us run for 20 straight minutes, yo. Pop ain’t playing with us. He’s trying to keep us prepared.”
Following the loss, Coach Pop said,
“When you lose a game, you’re not surprised. You’re disappointed. I don’t understand the word ‘surprised.’ That sort of disses the French team, as if we’re supposed to beat them by 30. That’s a hell of a team.”
Besides that, the US men’s basketball is going to face Iran in their next Olympic match scheduled on July 28, 2021.
Pranking At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony, the 2014 NBA MVP was the victim of a harmless prank.
Durant’s former GSW teammate organized that prank where the entire US Olympic squad sang KD the birthday song. However, Kevin’s birthday isn’t until late September.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist stood there with a straight face while glancing at everyone. From his voice, Green seemed to be having a great time pranking Durant.
Kevin Durant | Injury and Covid-19
There’s no doubt that when playing games, players suffer from many injuries, up and down.
Kevin suffered a right calf strain injury when playing during Game 5 of the Western conferences against the Houston Rockets. This injury led him to miss Game 6.
Later on, after recovering, Durant was back in Game 5, where he was diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon falling and grabbing his lower right calf.
A torn Achilles is regarded as one of the worst injuries a basketball player can get.
After recovering from his torn Achilles, on March 17, 2020, he tested positive for Covid-19. But he recovered from the Covid-19 illness after a short period of time.
Kevin Durant | Awards and Titles
Durant lifted the NBA Championships two times in 2017 and 2018 with the Golden State Warriors.
Moreover, he was the Finals MVP on both occasions. Similarly, he won the NBA MVP of the season in 2014. Besides, he has been included in the NBA All-Star 10 times and All-NBA First Team 6 times.
The NBA Rookie of the Year 2008 has been the NBA All-Star Game’s MVP two times. Furthermore, he made it to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2008 and won NBA Rookie Challenge MVP in 2009.
With the US national team, he won Olympic gold two times. Also, he was the MVP in the 2010 FIBA World Cup gold medal-winning run.
Kevin Durant | Net Worth and Salary
Durant is one of the highest-paid basketball players right now. Last season, he earned a total of $65 million from the club and other endeavors.
Besides, he has had a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets since 2019. Also, sources suggest that he has made a fair amount of investments in different sectors.
Kevin Durant has a net worth of $170 million as of 2020.
Durant currently earns $29 million playing for the Nets. Besides, he has an income of $36 million through deals with various brands, including Gatorade, Nike, and Degree.
Also, he brought a house worth $12.05 million in Malibu beach, California.
Notably, Durant established a charity foundation named Kevin Durant Charity Foundation in 2013. The foundation aims at enriching the lives of low-income people through educational, athletic, and social programs.
Kevin Durant | Stats
Kevin Durant | Relationship
Durant is not married yet and is a single guy. However, he has attracted many girls to him with his fame and charm.
He was linked to California’s real estate agent, Cassandra Anderson. He was spotted with her after he won the 2018 NBA Finals with the Warriors. However, he left her around October of 2018.
Besides, Kevin was also linked with Amy Shehab, a model. In addition, he had a serious relationship with the WNBA player Monica Wright.
According to sources, the couple was engaged before they separated in 2015. Furthermore, the then Thunder man was reportedly dating Jasmine Shine until 2016.
Currently, he is rumored to have affairs with Apryl Jones. But no signs of the relationship are shown yet by both parties.
Kevin Durant | Social Media Presence
Durant is one of the most famous basketball players of the decade.
With his brilliant performances in the NBA, he has drawn tons of fans’ attention to his social media accounts. As of now, he uses Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as his regular social media handles.
Facebook: 11.5 million followers
Twitter: 18.4 million followers
Instagram: 11.7 million followers
Kevin Durant | FAQs
How many rings does Kevin Durant have?
Kevin Durant has 2 championship rings.
What team does Kevin play for?
Kevin plays for different professional basketball teams like Seattle SuperSonics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, etc.
For how long has Kevin Durant been in the NBA?
Durant has been in the NBA since 2007-present.
When did Kevin join the Warriors?
Kevin joined Warriors in the year 2016.
What’s the Jersey number of Kevin?
Kevin wears the Jersey number 7, 35.