Kevin Durant is one of the most gifted and skilled offensive minds the NBA has ever seen. Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2007 NBA Draft, Durant became a franchise player and showed signs of being a generational talent early on.
Having played in the NBA for 14 years, Durant has faced a number of difficult game situations. A two-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, he played a crucial role in the years the franchise won consecutive NBA Finals.
His ability to take over games in clutch situations with the mentality to stay locked in is what separates him from a lot of players in the NBA. With the best defenders collapsing on him, Durant usually has his work cut out in games.
Faced with losses against teams on multiple occasions, we take a look at the five teams Kevin Durant has had most regular season losses against.
#5 Memphis Grizzlies - 17 losses
Kevin Durant has faced the Memphis Grizzlies a total of 38 times over the course of his career. However, his record against the franchise isn't as great as one would expect.
Durant has lost to the Grizzlies a total of 17 times in his career. While he averages 28.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game against the team, the grit and grind mentality focused on defense has shown to be a problem for Durant in the past.
Often guarded by Tony Allen, one of the toughest defenders in the league, Kevin Durant really had his work cut out for him.
However, a heated exchange followed by an ejection for Durant and Stephen Curry after the Warriors blew a 24-point lead against the Grizzlies to lose the regular-season series in overtime better describes his struggle with the franchise.
#4 LA Lakers - 18 losses
Kevin Durant has played a number of games against the LA Lakers franchise over the course of his career. Having played 42 games, Durant posted a winning record of 24 wins and 18 losses against the Lakers.
With averages of 27.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists, Durant has been quite effective against the Lakers franchise.
Prior to joining the Golden State Warriors in 2016, Durant had played 29 games against the Lakers, recording a losing record of 10-15. He has only lost three games since.
The 20-point loss to the LA Lakers on November 4th in 2016 remains one of the biggest upsets of Durant's career.
#3 San Antonio Spurs - 18 losses
Kevin Durant hasn't had to play against the San Antonio Spurs as many times as most teams on this list, but the franchise has proven to be a challenge for the superstar.
Having played the Spurs a total of 36 times, Durant managed to split his record against them in half with 18 wins and 18 losses. While his time with OKC was successful, he had become consistent with winning records with Golden State. Prior to joining the Warriors, Durant had an 11-14 record against the Spurs. He has since gone 7-4 in the past five years.
Kevin Durant averages 25.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game against the San Antonio Spurs.
#2 Denver Nuggets - 19 losses
Kevin Durant has played against the Denver Nuggets a total of 43 times over the course of his career. In this time he maintained a winning record of 24 wins and 19 losses against the franchise.
With OKC and Denver being in the Northwest division of the Western Conference, Durant ended up playing against the franchise a number of times throughout the course of the season. Prior to moving out to the Pacific Division with Golden State, Kevin Durant had a losing record of 12-15. Since his trade, he has only lost three games to Denver.
His debut in the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics was graced by a loss to the Denver Nuggets led by Carmelo Anthony in the 2007-08 season.
Kevin Durant averages 28.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game against the Denver Nuggets.
#1 Houston Rockets - 24 losses
Due to differences in division, Kevin Durant hasn't had to play against the Houston Rockets as much as Denver. However, his record against the franchise is surprising.
Having played a total of 38 games against the Rockets, Kevin Durant has put up his first losing record of 14 wins and 24 losses against the franchise. With a losing record of 11-16 prior to the 2015-16 season, Durant has only beaten the franchise three times since.
With eight wins, including his time with the Warriors, Houston has proven to be an obstacle for Kevin Durant.
An iconic game-winner by James Harden of the Rockets in OT on the back of some questionable refereeing was one of the more memorable occasions of when Houston had Durant's number.
Kevin Durant averages 26.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game against the Houston Rockets.