Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He plays primarily as a small forward, although he has been played at all 5 positions for significant game time by the Warriors coaching staff.
Kevin Durant was ranked as the country’s second-best high school prospect going into his freshman year at the University of Texas, following his MVP trophy at the 2006 McDonald’s All American game. In his freshman season, Durant averaged 25.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the Longhorns. Following his draft declaration, the Seattle SuperSonics selected him with the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
Durant is one of the most decorated players currently playing in the NBA. He has won two NBA Championships, a regular season MVP award, two Finals MVP awards and has been named to the All Star game 10 times, winning the MVP award in 2012. He has 8 All-NBA selections, including 5 straight First-team selections from 2010-2014 and 2 second-team selections in 2016 & 2017. Durant has won 4 scoring titles and has led the league in points scored for 5 straight seasons, from 2009-10 to 2013-14.
Durant played for the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise for 9 years (counting his rookie season when the franchise was located in Seattle) and made the NBA Finals in his 5th year in the league, when they lost to the Miami Heat in 5 games. In the summer of 2016, Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors has earned him varying degrees of criticism from fans and experts alike, although he is playing at an arguably higher level than he ever did with the Thunder.
Durant is universally recognized as one of the best two-way players in the league. While his listed height is 6’9”, his actual height of over 6’11” and wingspan of 7’5” allows him to play all 5 positions on the court for various stretches of a game. As an offensive player, he is perhaps the best pure scorer in the game since the turn of the century. Through the first 11 years of his career, he is averaging 27.1 points per game, while his postseason average of 28.8 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan in the modern NBA (post 1973-74). Durant is one of the 7 members of the 50-40-90 club (players who have averaged a field goal percentage of 50% or more, 3-point percentage of 40% or more and free throw percentage of 90% or more). Kevin Durant has an estimated net worth of $150 million and signed a shoe deal with Nike in 2008 to launch his signature shoe line.