Kevin Wayne Durant or ‘KD’ is an American professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets. He is widely regarded as one of the best scorers to ever play in the NBA. Nicknamed ‘The Slim Reaper’ due to his height and length, his guard-like agility and handles makes him a freak of nature and an unstoppable force when he gets going. His off-court decisions and actions have made him a very controversial character in the NBA.
KD was born on the 29th of September 1988 in Washington D.C. He started his high school career at National Christian Academy before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his junior season. He subsequently transferred to Montrose Christian School for his senior year, becoming the second best player in his high school class of 2006. Before the start of his senior year, he committed to the University of Texas Longhorns and played one season with them before declaring for the 2007 NBA Draft.
After winning the National College Player of the Year, KD was highly touted as a prospect due to his unnatural shooting guard-like play in the body of a center. He was selected with the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics and had an immediate impact on the team and won the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008 for his stellar play. The team would then relocate to Oklahoma, becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder.
KD went on to become the league’s best scorer racking up multiple scoring titles, All-NBA Team and All-Star Team Selections, and also the MVP in 2014. He also led his team, alongside Russell Westbrook and James Harden, to the NBA Finals in 2012. After losing to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, KD entered the 2016 free agency where he inexplicably joined the Warriors. This decision left many NBA fans fuming as the Warriors had gone 73-9 in the previous season. Adding KD to the roster changed the whole landscape of the NBA. Alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, he would go on to win two championships.
It would’ve been three championships had he not injured his achilles tendon during the 2019 NBA Finals. Looking for a new scenery, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2019 NBA Free Agency period, teaming up with his friend, Kyrie Irving. He did not play the entirety of the 2019-2020 Season due to his injury. During the 2021 Season, James Harden joined him and Kyrie, making the Nets an offensive juggernaut.
With the USA Basketball Men's National Team he has won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and One FIBA World Cup Gold Medal with his most recent coming as captain of the Men’s Basketball Team that went to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
NBA Awards and Accolades
|NBA Champion||2017, 2018||Golden State Warriors|
|NBA Finals MVP||2017, 2018||Golden State Warriors|
|NBA MVP||2014||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|NBA All Star||11 times (2010-2019, 2021)||Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets|
|NBA Kobe Bryant All Star Game MVP||2012, 2019||Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors|
|All NBA First Team||6 times (2010-2014, 2018)||Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors|
|All NBA Second Team||2016, 2017, 2019||Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors|
|NBA Scoring Champion||4 times (2010-2012, 2014)||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|NBA Rookie of The Year||2008||Seattle Supersonics|
|All NBA Rookie First Team||2008||Seattle Supersonics|
Kevin Durant’s net worth is the third highest in the NBA, behind Lebron James and Steph Curry, at $170 million. His current contract with the Nets will pay him $42,018,900. He has a lot of endorsements, making a majority of his money through them. Nike, Alaska Airlines, Google, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric, and 2K Sports are just some companies he endorses. He also has a company called 35 Ventures.
Kevin Durant was born in Washington DC to Wanda and Wayne Pratt. He has a sister Brianna and 2 Brothers, Tony and Rayvonne. He attributes a lot of his achievements to his mother. He wrote his 2014 MVP speech, ‘The Real MVP’, about his mother explaining her sacrifices and struggles to get him to where he is today.