Kevin Durant was born on the 29th of September 1988 in Suitland, Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. His full name is Kevin Wayne Durant.
The Maryland born professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, is also an actor and producer, he featured in movies like Swagger, Thunderstruck (2012) and Back for the Future (2011).
Durant first popped up on the basketball radar when he played a season of college basketball for the University of Texas.
Almost immediately he was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA draft.
He went on to play 9 seasons in Oklahoma City before signing with Golden State in 2016, where he won back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.
Who Is Kevin Durant?
Kevin Wayne Durant is a high-profile professional basketball player.
During his stay at the Seattle SuperSonics, which later became Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant became a four-time scoring champion
and was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player 2014.
Kevin Durant’s Career with SuperSonics
Durant who was 19 years old at the time, registered 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals against the Denver Nuggets in his first regular season game.
He also made the first game-winning shot of his career on the in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
At the end of the season, Durant went on to bag the NBA Rookie of the Year award season averages of 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
The award put him in the league with Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James the only other teenagers in history to average at least 20 points per game over an entire season.
Kevin Durant’s Career with Oklahoma City Thunder
Shortly after Durant’s debut season, the SuperSonics relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder with new colours of blue, orange, and yellow.
Durant went on to set a Rookie Challenge record of 46 points at the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend.
At the end of the year, he raised his scoring average by five points, bringing his new average points per game to 25.3.
He also came in 3rd in line for the Most Improved Player Award even though he was considered a strong candidate.
He was later chosen for his first NBA All-Star Game in the 2009–10 season.
Durant defied all expectations to make the playoffs and improved the Thunder’s record to 27 wins.
By this time, he already had a scoring average of 30.1 points per game thereby becoming the youngest NBA scoring champion.
Kevin Durant’s Playoff Runs
Durant signed a five-year contract extension with the Thunder worth approximately $86 million just before the start of the 2010–11 season.
He maintained his scoring spree for two years in a row, with an average of 27.7 points a game.
The Thunder won 55 games and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference with Durant.
Durant had a major break in his career February 19 during the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season where he recorded a 50-point game, scoring 51 points against the Denver Nugget.
He was later awarded the much deserved NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award at the All-Star Game where he scored 36 points.
With much assistance by Durant, the Thunder won 47 games and entered the playoffs as the Western Conference’s second seed.
Durant hit a game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining in the first round of Game 1 against the Mavericks.
Oklahoma City went on to the NBA Finals with Durant leading the show with 30.6 points per game score and a 54.8 shooting rate.
The team was on a roll and defeated Dallas, the Lakers, and the San Antonio Spurs before losing to the Miami Heat in the Finals.
Durant however failed to defend his title with a scoring average of 28.1 points per game to finish the 2012–13 season.
He however became the youngest player in NBA history to join the 50–40–90 club with a 51 percent shooting rate, a 41.6 percent three point shooting rate, and a 90.5 free throw shooting rate.
Oklahoma City later earned the first seed in the Western Conference.
Kevin Durant’s MVP Season
In a game against Golden State Warriors in January of the 2013–14 season, Durant hit a career high of 54 points. He also finished that season with an average of 35.9 points per game and scored over 30 points in 12 games.
He went on to surpass Michael Jordan’s record for consecutive games scoring.
Durant was again voted the NBA Most Valuable Player when the Thunder finished the year with 59 wins where he had averages of 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.
Kevin Durant’s Career with Golden State Warriors
On July 4, Durant announced his intentions to sign with the Warriors in The Players’ Tribune. A move which was met with a lot of negativity from the public and NBA analysts.
He however went ahead and officially signed a two year contract worth $54.3 million with Golden State on July 7 with a player option after the first year.
That same year, in October 25th, he made his debut for the Warriors in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. The game had a team high of 27 points but lost woefully.
In November that same year, Durant made history again by becoming the first player in team history to finish with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks in a single game.
The next year was not quite favourable for Durant as he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise in March, which mandated him to miss the final 19 games of the season.
Durant was fully recovered and returned in time for the playoffs and helped the Warriors advance to their third consecutive Finals, which saw the team becoming the first team in league history to start the postseason 12–0.
He later declined the $27.7 million player option in his contract in July to become an unrestricted free agent and re-signed with the Warriors for less money than the maximum.
The move which most business minded people frowned upon, helped the franchise pay salaries to others and still managed to keep their roster intact and add free agents.
Durant however became second-youngest player in league history to reach the 20,000-point milestone when he scored 40 points in a loss to the Clippers on January 10, 2017–18 season.
He also reached another career high with 14 assists to win a game with New York Knicks on the 23rd of January 23.
Similarly, in February, he scored a season-high 50 points even though his team lost the game to the Trail Blazers.
He missed a series of games in March due to a fractured rib, and was on the sidelines for the back-end of the season.
Durant won his second Finals MVP Award with averages of 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists
He also set a career with 119 blocks in a season when Golden State finished the year with 59 wins.
On July 7, 2018, Durant re-signed with the Warriors.
Kevin Durant’s Regular Season stat and points
Durant who remains the NBA’s ultimate trump card, has the following stats:
· Minutes Per Game – 37.1
· Rebounds Per Game – 7.1
· Assists per game – 3.9
· Steals Per Game – 1.2
· Blocks Per Game – 1.1
· Turnovers Per Game – 3.1
· Field Goal Percentage – .490
· 3-point field goal percentage – .384
· Free Throw Percentage – .882
Kevin Durant’s Body Stats and Measurement
Though Durant’s height is officially listed as 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he has stated that he actually stands 6 ft 10 3⁄4 in (2.10 m) barefoot and 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) with shoes.
His chest is 43 inches, his waist is 35 inches and his biceps are 15 inches. His shoe size is a US size 16, a European size 50 and a UK size 15.5.
Kevin Durant’s Family
Wanda Durant, who also goes by the name Mama Durant, or “The Real MVP” is Kevin Durant’s mother.
She is an advocate, entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for catering to children, single mothers and communities.
She is the president and CEO of this motivation platform known as Hope, Dream Believe and Achieve (HDBA, LLC). She also recently recently launched her own non-profit entity, Wanda Durant The Real MVP™ Charity, Inc.
Wayne Pratt is Kevin Durant’s father and a police officer, he also serves as an assistant basketball coach at Friendship Collegiate School.
Wayne played a vital role while Kevin was weighing his free agent options, and ultimately chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors.
Kevin Durant and his father have had a bumpy relationship. Pratt was 23 years old when he walked out on his two sons, leaving Wanda Durant to raise the family on her own. Kevin was just one at the time.
Rayvonne Pratt is one of Kevin’s brothers, he is a successful business man in his own right although he’s not a public person.
Tony Durant is Kevin’s other brother, he played college basketball with Kevin when they were both younger. He went to Suitland High School in Forestville, Maryland, and St. John’s Military School in Salina Kansas.
Although Kevin Durant has never been married, he was once engaged to a female basketball player named Monica Wright. Monica was a point guard in the WNBA.
Kevin Durant’s Awards
Kevin Durant who is hailed as of the best players of his time, has won the All-NBA honours eight times and was also voted Rookie of the Year in his debut season.
He has also won an MVP Award and finished second in the voting three times.
Durant who is popularly known his scoring ability also won four scoring titles between 2010 to 2014, which made him one of only two players to win four scoring titles in a five-year span.
Durant carved a niche for himself in the NBA by becoming an off-ball player capable of scoring from the outside as well.
His historical shooting also helped him become one of only seven members of the 50–40–90 club in 2013.
Kevin Durant’s net worth
Durant’s Net Worth is pegged at $150 Million, this is mostly from his Salary, endorsements, and venture capital.
According to Forbes magazine, Durant is the number 3 most paid NBA athlete, after LeBron James and Steve Curry.
His salary is pegged at $25 million while his endorsements rake in $33 million
Durant’s media company, Thirty Five Media, partnered with YouTube this year to help athletes create their own YouTube channels.
The Durant Company mostly invests in Tech Businesses and start-ups.