Kevin Durant
American basketball player
Kevin Durant
Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player. Playing the small forward position, Durant currently is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 6'9" (235 lbs) and playing the position of small forward, Durant was the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year and the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, amongst other awards.
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Inside the awkward reunion of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant - Yahoo Sports
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Yahoo Sports Inside the awkward reunion of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Yahoo Sports NEW ORLEANS – Midway through the first quarter, and the only real drama of the NBA's 66th All-Star Game unfolded. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Together again. Was there anything else to get excited about? Anthony Davis scored a lot, Kawhi ... Shaq explains why Russell Westbrook is so upset with Kevin All-Star game ratings are best since 2013USA TODAY Russell Westbrook Laughs Off Reporter's Question About Lob from Kevin DurantBleacher Report -New York Post -Sporting News -The Detroit News all 426 news articles »
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On Pro Basketball: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Once a Dynamic Duo, Are Now an Awkward Pairing
NYTimes - 4 days
Durant left the Thunder last season as a free agent, and his former teammate Westbrook didn’t take it well. With both on the Western Conference All-Star team, their reunion has been frosty.
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How Kevin Durant Became Silicon Valley’s Hottest Start-up
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After a turbulent summer, the N.B.A.’s newest “villain” is finding peace and building an empire among the Bay Area’s techies.
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Steve Kerr keeping 'Warriors + 1' All-Star choice close to vest
ABC News - 6 days
NEW ORLEANS -- Golden State?coach Steve Kerr isn't ready to reveal whether he plans to play Oklahoma City Thunder point guard? Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant and the Warriors' other three representatives in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. "I've definitely considered it," Kerr, the Western Conference coach, told ESPN Radio on Thursday. "The only thing that you have to do as a coach in the All-Star Game is to parcel out the minutes. That's it. You don't draw up any plays. At least I don't; I didn't two years ago. "So we've got to figure out the minutes, and I have thought about it, and I'm not going to share it with you here today." Kerr, Durant and Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry all sat down Thursday with ESPN Radio for interviews that will air Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. "Everybody loves drama, man. It feels like we're in a big soap opera. A reality TV show," Durant said of the inevitable...
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Russell Westbrook: 'I Don’t Do Anything That I Don’t Want To Do'
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Marv Albert On The Knicks, Brad Stevens And The State Of The NBA
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New Nike Ad With LeBron James, Serena Williams Makes Forceful Call For Equality
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A new Nike ad makes a powerful call to end discrimination, ending with a simple message: “Equality has no boundaries.” “Opportunity should not discriminate,” says actor Michael B. Jordan, who narrates the ad released Sunday. “The ball should bounce the same for everyone.” The black-and-white spot features some of the best athletes in the world ―  including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Megan Rapinoe, Dalilah Muhammad, Gabby Douglas and Victor Cruz ― and Alicia Keys singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” Two-time Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas directed it.  “Is this the land history promised?” Jordan asks in his voiceover. Jordan has starred in films including “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station,” which is based on the story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white San Francisco transit police officer in 2009. “Worth should outshine color. If we can be equals here...” Jordan says later, as a group plays basketba ...
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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook reportedly eat at same OKC restaurant after game
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What gives?
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Durant shakes off jeers to lead Warriors to NBA win
Yahoo News - 12 days
Kevin Durant was in hostile territory as he returned to Oklahoma City on Saturday, but shut out the noise to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 130-114 victory over his former team the Thunder. Durant scored 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds in his first game in Oklahoma City since he departed as a free agent for Golden State after last season. The jeers and catcalls greeted him at pre-game warm-ups and didn't let up until the Warriors had stretched their league-leading record to 46-8.
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Emotions Run High as Warriors’ Kevin Durant Returns to Oklahoma City
NYTimes - 13 days
Durant still has ties to the city where he grew into a superstar with the Thunder, whom the Warriors will play on Saturday.
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Oklahoma City Thunder players indifferent on fans reaction on Kevin Durant return -
Google News - 13 days Oklahoma City Thunder players indifferent on fans reaction on Kevin Durant return OKLAHOMA CITY — For eight seasons, this was the place where they stood shoulder to shoulder on the court, sat elbow to elbow at post-game press conferences and always covered each other's back. Now, whether they like the 1-on-1 attention or not, ... For OKC fans, an emotional gamut expected for Kevin Durant's returnWashington Post Cavs' big guns silenced by ThunderYahoo Sports Cheer or boo? Kevin Durant likely to face mostly jeers in first trip back to Oklahoma CityThe Mercury News -USA TODAY all 390 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Durant
  • 2016
    Age 27
    In 2016, he was a credentialed photographer for the The Players' Tribune at Super Bowl 50.
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    He rejoined Team USA in 2016 for the Olympics, where he led them to a Gold medal.
    More Details Hide Details Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall (2.06 m) and weighing 240 pounds (109 kg), Durant plays mostly at the small forward position. His career averages are 27.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. He has earned All-NBA honors six times (2009–14, 2016) and was voted Rookie of the Year in his debut season. He has won an MVP Award and finished second in the voting three times, a trend he has expressed frustration over.
    On July 4, 2016, Durant announced his intentions to sign with the Golden State Warriors.
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    He played nine seasons for the Thunder organization before joining the Warriors in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 26
    On October 30, 2015, in a double-overtime win over the Orlando Magic, Durant and Russell Westbrook became the first pair of teammates to each score at least 40 points in a single game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen accomplished the feat in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Durant had 43 and Westbrook had 48 as the Thunder defeated the Magic 139–136. Durant missed six games between November 13 and November 22 with a hamstring injury, returning to action November 23 to score 27 points against the Utah Jazz. On December 10, he recorded his seventh career triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 107–94 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On December 27, Durant recorded 26 points and 10 assists in a 122–112 win over the Denver Nuggets. In that game, Durant and Westbrook became the first teammates to each have at least 25 points and 10 assists in a regulation game since Utah's John Stockton (31 points, 11 assists) and Karl Malone (27 points, 10 assists) on February 2, 1996. On January 4, he was named NBA Western Conference co-Player of the Month for December alongside Westbrook. On January 26, he scored a season-high 44 points in a 128–122 overtime win over the New York Knicks. On February 2, he was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for January. On March 22, in a win over the Houston Rockets, Durant tied a career high by scoring at least 20 points for the 56th consecutive game. He passed that mark two days later with 20 points against the Utah Jazz. On April 9, he scored 31 points against the Sacramento Kings, recording a mark of at least 20 points in 63 straight games, tying Kobe Bryant (2005–07) for the longest such streak.
  • 2014
    Age 25
    In 2014, he partnered with KIND snacks and launched to show "being kind is not a sign of weakness."
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    He also showed defensive improvement, with opponents averaging just .62 points per isolation play against him in 2014, the best success rate for defensive players who faced at least 100 isolations that season.
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    Less than a month before the start of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Durant announced that he would be dropping out of the competition, citing mental and physical exhaustion as reasons for his departure.
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    Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Durant was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his right foot and was ruled out for six to eight weeks.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently missed the first 17 games of the year, making his season debut for the Thunder on December 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans. On December 18, he injured his ankle against the Golden State Warriors, returning to action on December 31 against the Phoenix Suns to score a season-high 44 points. He then sprained his left big toe in late January. On February 22, he was sidelined again after undergoing a minor procedure to help reduce pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired right foot, and on March 27, he was officially ruled out for the rest of the season after deciding to undergo foot surgery. In just 27 games, he averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
  • 2013
    Age 24
    Throughout his career, Durant has participated in philanthropic causes. In 2013, he pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross for the victims of the 2013 Moore tornado.
    More Details Hide Details His generosity inspired the Thunder and Nike to match his donation. He is also a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C. branch of P'Tones Records, a nationwide non-profit after-school music program.
    One of the most popular players in the league, Durant's jersey regularly ranks as one of the NBA's best-selling and he is consistently one of the top All-Star vote-getters. He has developed a reputation for his kind demeanor; in 2013, Foot Locker released a series of commercials calling him the "nicest guy in the NBA", and he has become a beloved figure in Oklahoma City, known for his "nice escapades" toward the Thunder's staff.
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    In 2013, he earned $35 million, making him the fourth-highest-earning basketball player that year.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Durant claimed that, despite his high earnings potential, "global marketing and all that stuff" does not interest him.
    Durant was formerly represented by agents Aaron Goodwin and Rob Pelinka. He left Pelinka in 2013 and signed with the Roc Nation group, headed by Jay-Z.
    More Details Hide Details Durant has endorsement deals with Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric, and 2K Sports. In 2012, he tried his hand at acting, appearing in the children's film Thunderstruck.
    He owns several properties in the Oklahoma City area and listed his primary residence, located in the affluent Club Villa neighborhood, for sale for $1.95 million in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he opened a restaurant, KD's Southern Cuisine, in the Bricktown neighborhood and became engaged to Monica Wright, a WNBA player.
    Described as a "scoring prodigy" by John Hollinger, Durant regularly finishes as one of the NBA's points leaders and has won the scoring title four times. A strong outside shooter, he is one of only seven members of the 50–40–90 club, and his 2013 campaign was called "one of the greatest shooting seasons in league history" by Grantland's Zach Lowe.
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    In January of the 2013–14 season, Durant averaged 35.9 points per game while scoring 30 or more points in 12 straight games, including a career-high 54 points against the Golden State Warriors.
    More Details Hide Details In April, he surpassed Michael Jordan's record for consecutive games scoring 25 points or more at 41. The Thunder finished the year with 59 wins and Durant was voted the NBA Most Valuable Player behind averages of 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. To begin the first round of the playoffs, he struggled against the physical play of the Grizzlies, converting on only 24 percent of his field goals in Game 4. Through six games, the Thunder trailed the series 3–2, prompting The Oklahoman to dub Durant "Mr. Unreliable". He responded by scoring 36 points in a Game 6 victory. Oklahoma City eventually eliminated Memphis and the Los Angeles Clippers before losing to the Spurs in the Conference Finals.
  • 2012
    Age 23
    He is also a strong finisher at the rim, converting on 72.2 percent of shots in the paint in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Early in his career, he was criticized for his slim build, defense, and passing. Over time, he grew as a playmaker, increasing his assist numbers every year from 2010 to 2014.
    At the 2012 Olympics, Durant set the record for total points scored in an Olympic basketball tournament.
    More Details Hide Details With averages of 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, he helped the national team go undefeated en route to a gold medal. In the tournament's final game, he led all scorers with 30 points.
    With a scoring average of 28.1 points per game to finish the 2012–13 season, Durant failed to defend his scoring title; however, with a 51 percent shooting rate, a 41.6 percent three point shooting rate, and a 90.5 free throw shooting rate, he became the youngest player in NBA history to join the 50–40–90 club.
    More Details Hide Details Finishing the year with a 60–22 record, Oklahoma City earned the first seed in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, Russell Westbrook tore his meniscus, forcing him to miss the remainder of the postseason. Without Westbrook, Durant was given more responsibility, averaging a career-high 30.8 points per game throughout the playoffs, but Oklahoma City were eventually eliminated in the second round by the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    On February 19 of the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Durant recorded his first career 50 point game, scoring 51 points against the Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details At the All-Star Game, he scored 36 points and was awarded his first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. He finished the year with a scoring average of 28 points per game, representing his third straight scoring title. Behind his play, the Thunder won 47 games and entered the playoffs as the Western Conference's second seed. In Game 1 of the first round against the Mavericks, Durant hit a game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining. Oklahoma City would go on to defeat Dallas, the Lakers, and the San Antonio Spurs before losing to the Miami Heat in the Finals. For the series, Durant led all players with 30.6 points per game, doing so on a 54.8 shooting rate.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    Durant was finally selected to the national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and became their leader as other All-Stars were unavailable, a role he downplayed.
    More Details Hide Details At the tournament, he led Team USA to its first FIBA World Championship since 1994, earning MVP honors in the process. His final averages for the competition were 22.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game in nine games.
    Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Durant announced via Twitter that he had signed a five-year contract extension with the Thunder worth approximately $86 million.
    More Details Hide Details For the second consecutive year, he led the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.7 points a game. Behind his leadership, the Thunder won 55 games and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, Oklahoma City defeated the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies en route to a Conference Finals match-up versus the Dallas Mavericks, losing in five games.
  • 2009
    Age 20
    During the 2009–10 season, Durant was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Behind his play, the Thunder improved their record by 27 wins from the previous year and defied expectations to make the playoffs. With a scoring average of 30.1 points per game, he became the youngest NBA scoring champion and was selected to his first All-NBA team. In his playoff debut, he scored 24 points in a Game 1 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. Oklahoma City would go on to lose the series in six games, but the team's performance led sports analysts to label them as an upcoming title contender.
    At the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend, Durant set a Rookie Challenge record with 46 points.
    More Details Hide Details By the conclusion of the year, he had raised his scoring average by five points from the prior season to 25.3 points per game, and was considered a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player Award, eventually finishing third in the voting.
  • 2007
    Age 18
    Durant was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.
    More Details Hide Details In his first career game, he registered 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals against the Denver Nuggets. On November 16, he made the first game-winning shot of his career in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year behind averages of 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. He joined Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James as the only teenagers in league history to average at least 20 points per game over an entire season. Following Durant's debut season, the SuperSonics relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City, becoming the Thunder and switching to new colors blue, orange, and yellow. The team also drafted UCLA guard Russell Westbrook, who would form an All-Star combination with Durant in later years.
    On April 11, he officially declared for the 2007 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details His jersey was later retired by the Longhorns.
    In the 2007 NBA draft, he was selected with the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics.
    More Details Hide Details After his rookie season, the team relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Durant helped lead Oklahoma City to the 2012 NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games.
  • 2006
    Age 17
    For the 2006–07 college season, Durant averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game and led all freshmen in scoring.
    More Details Hide Details The Longhorns finished the year with a 25–10 record overall and a 12–4 record in conference. Awarded a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, Texas won their first round match-up against New Mexico State but were upset in the second round by USC despite a 30-point and 9 rebound performance from Durant. Durant earned a number of season-end awards and honors, including being named the Naismith College Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman to win the award.
    He was widely regarded as the second-best high school prospect of 2006.
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    At the conclusion of the year, he was named the Washington Post All-Met Basketball Player of the Year, as well as the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game.
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  • 1988
    Durant was born on September 29, 1988 in Washington, D.C. to Wanda (née Durant) and Wayne Pratt.
    More Details Hide Details When Durant was an infant, his father deserted the family; Wanda and Wayne eventually divorced, and Durant's grandmother Barbara Davis helped raise him. By age 13, his father re-entered his life and traveled the country with him to basketball tournaments. Durant has one sister, Brianna, and two brothers, Tony and Rayvonne. Growing up, Durant wanted to play for his favorite team, the Toronto Raptors, which included his favorite player, Vince Carter. He played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for several teams in the Maryland area and was teammates with future National Basketball Association (NBA) players Michael Beasley, Greivis Vásquez, and Ty Lawson, the former of whom Durant remains friends with to this day. During this time, he began wearing #35 as his jersey number in honor of his AAU coach, Charles Craig, who was murdered at the age of 35.
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