Kevin Durant is a professional American basketball player. Kevin Durant currently plays for the ‘Brooklyn Nets’ of the ‘National Basketball Association.’ He has received numerous honors, including two ‘Awards MVP Awards’ and two Olympic gold medals.
When was Kevin Durant Birthed?
Kevin Durant was born on September 29, 1988, in Washington, D.C., USA, to Wanda and Wayne Pratt. Kevin Wayne Durant’s full name is Kevin Wayne Durant. He is 31 years old and was born under the sign of Libra. His father’s name is Wayne Pratt, and his mother’s name is Wanda Durant. His father abandoned the family while he was still a baby, and the boy was raised by his mother and grandmother. He has three siblings: a sister, Brianna, and two brothers, Tony and Rayvonne.
Kevin grew up to be a very tall boy with a strong interest in sports. Although he was frequently teased about his height, his grandmother, Barbara Davis, encouraged him, saying that his height was a blessing that would help him in his athletic career. Furthermore, his father reconciled with Kevin when he was about 13 years old, and the two toured the country together for basketball tournaments.
Education of Kevin Durant
Durant attended the ‘National Christian Academy’ and the ‘Oak Hill Academy.’ He was an avid basketball player at both of his schools. He later transferred to ‘Montrose Christian School’ for his senior year. He was six feet and seven inches tall at this point.
Later, for further education, he enrolled at the ‘University of Texas,’ where he won the ‘Oscar Robertson’ and the ‘Adolf F Rupp’ awards for his outstanding performance during his first year. His exceptional basketball abilities made him eligible for the ‘NBA’ draft after only one year of college play.
Career line of Kevin Durant
- Kevin wore #35 in honor of his childhood coach, Charles Craig. His coach was murdered at the age of 35. He began his career as a ‘Amateur Athletic Union’ basketball player for several teams in the Maryland area.
- During this time, Kevin met future NBA players Michael Beasley, Greivis Vásquez, and Ty Lawson.
- Kevin Durant was selected in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, and thus his professional career began. Kevin had 18 points, five rebounds, and three steals in his debut against the ‘Denver Nuggets.’
- In a career against the ‘Atlanta Hawks,’ he hit his first game-winning shot. The game was held on November 16th. His outstanding performance earned him the title of ‘NBA Rookie of the Year.’
- The following season, his team relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma and became the ‘Oklahoma City Thunders.’ By the end of the season, Durant had increased his scoring average by five points over the previous season. Durant was also considered for the ‘Most Improved Player Award,’ but he finished third.
- In addition, he qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He played brilliantly in the tournament, leading the United States to the ‘World Championship’ trophy.
- After a few years, Durant qualified for the 2012 Olympics, where he not only set the record for total points covered in an Olympic basketball tournament, but also helped his team win a gold medal.
- He returned to the national team for the 2016 Olympics, where he helped the team win a gold medal. Kevin was named the 2016 ‘co-USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year,’ along with Carmelo Anthony.
- In July 2016, he signed a two-year, $54 million contract with the ‘Golden State Warriors.’ Durant lost his first game with the Warriors against the San Antonio Spurs in October 2016.
- He made a roaring comeback, scoring a career-high six block shots against the ‘Minnesota Timberwolves.’ He also made history by finishing with five blocks, five assists, ten rebounds, and 25 points in a single game.
- Durant returned to the 2016-17 season after suffering an injury and played in the team’s third consecutive ‘NBA’ final, which pitted the defending champions ‘Warriors’ against the defending champions ‘Cleveland Cavaliers.’
- He helped his team win the championship by becoming the team’s leading scorer, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists while shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 92.7 percent from the free-throw line, and 47.4 percent from three-point range. He was named the NBA Finals MVP for his outstanding performance.
- The following season was even more successful for the champion, as the ‘Warriors’ reached the ‘NBA’ finals against the ‘Cavaliers’ at the ‘Western Conference’ finals and clinched their second consecutive win, with Durant scoring a career-high 43 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists.
- Kevin also won his second consecutive ‘Finals MVP’ award that season.
- Furthermore, the ‘Warriors’ suffered numerous defeats against the ‘Los Angeles Clippers’ during the 2018-19 season.
- Durant suffered injuries to his lower right calf while playing against ‘Toronto’ in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Ultimately, the ‘Warriors’ lost the finals in Game 6 and their chance at a three-peat. Durant officially signed a sign-and-trade agreement with the ‘Brooklyn Nets’ on July 7, 2019.
- Durant joined YouTube in 2017, creating his own self-titled channel where he uploads vlogs of his daily life.
- He has over 750,000 subscribers and regularly uploads his videos. In February 2018, Deadline reported that Durant was in talks with producer Brian Grazer about a possible partnership with his production company ‘Imagine Entertainment’ to create a basketball-themed drama series for ‘Apple.’
- He is also well-known for his philanthropic activities. He pledged $1 million to the ‘American Red Cross’ for the victims of the Moore tornado in 2013.
- Durant is involved with the non-profit after-school music program ‘P’Tones Records’ at their Washington, D.C. branch, where he serves as the organization’s spokesperson.
- During his collegiate career in 2007, Kevin was named ‘Naismith College Player of the Year,’ ‘Big 12 Player of the Year,’ ‘USBWA National Freshman of the Year,’ and ‘NABC Division I Player of the Year.’
- In 2010, he was awarded the FIBA World Championship gold medal as well as the FIBA World Championship Most Valuable Player award. He won gold medals for the United States national team at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.