Young Kevin began playing basketball since childhood and at the age of 11 became the champion of the USA. Even then, it was clear that a player with such potential, with a responsible approach to business, must necessarily be revealed in the future.
Kevin Durant was born on September 29, 1988 in the District of Columbia (Washington state). He spent his childhood in the city of Sit Pleasant in Maryland. He was raised by his mother Wanda with her grandmother Barbara. My father left the family when the boy was 8 months old, but when Kevin was 13 years old, he returned.
High growth, distinguishing him from all classmates (now Kevin Durant is 211 cm tall), allowed the boy to succeed in basketball since childhood. Until 2003, he played for the team “Jaguars” and “Blue Devils” (after the collapse of the first club).
In subsequent years, the grown athlete brilliantly played for the Montrose School in Rockville and the famous Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He often fell on the covers of authoritative publications. During this time, he played at the positions of the point guard and striker.
In 2006 he graduated from high school and began to play for the Longhors university team, where he became its main player from the first days of his stay. On average, gaining 26 points and 11 rebounds per game, Kevin Durant was one of the top ten student championship snipers during the 2006/2007 season, after which he received the title of best player in the Associated Press and prizes named Naismith and Wood. After 3rd place in the championship and lost the conference finals, Durant decided to put himself on the NBA draft.
Speech for the Oklahoma City Thunder
June 28, 2007 Kevin Durant was selected as the second draft number and joined the Seattle Supersonics team. Kevin debuted in the NBA on October 31, 2007. In the game against the “Denver Nuggets” he managed to score 18 points, make 5 rebounds and 3 interceptions. Thanks to changes in the main team, Kevin Durant immediately began to receive a lot of game practice. In total, he took part in 80 games per season. Together with Jeff Green, they began to be considered the best bunch of forwards in the league, despite the weak play of the rest of the team. Among other things, Durant was recognized as the best rookie of the year according to the results of the league with an average of 20.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
The next season for the “Seattle Supersonics” was as bad as the previous one. The club changed its name to Oklahoma City Thunder and moved to Oklahoma. Durant slightly improved his performance - now he scored 25.3 points per game, made 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Progress followed in the 2009/2010 season, in which Durant scored an average of 30.1 points per match. It was the best result of the season among all the players in the league, for which Kevin received an invitation to a match of all NBA stars. There he played for the West team. After spending 20 minutes on the court, he managed to score 15 points. In the same season, his team won 50 matches and for the first time since 2005 got into the playoff round, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Golden State Achievements
In subsequent years, the athlete continued to play for the Thunder, fulfilling a contract for $ 80 million. In 2016, becoming a free agent, he moved to Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant spent the best season of his career playing for this particular team, when in 2017 he became the NBA champion, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final with LeBron James. In each match of the finals, he was the best sniper with an average of 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists. All 11 judges voted for Durant as the most valuable player in the 2017 final. In the same year, January 18, the basketball player set a personal record of 40 points per game.
Interesting facts about the player
In 2007, the athlete signed a seven-year contract with Nike for $ 60 million, while rejecting Adidas, which offered 70 million. He argued that he always used Nike gear.
On November 1, 2012/2013 season, Durant scored 10,000 points, becoming the second young player after LeBron James who managed to achieve this result.
From 2008 to 2010, he twice became the winner of the HORSE contest, where basketball players from different points make shots, competing among themselves exactly.
Kevin Durant's legs are long. This allows you to stretch dribbling during the game and very quickly get to the opponent’s ring. Because of the short shorts that Kevin lifts to the waist, it seems that his legs look more than they really are. Kevin Durant's foot size is among the largest in the NBA - the athlete has 52.5 shoe sizes.