Kevin Durant Biography
Kevin Durant (born Kevin Wayne Durant in September of 1988, in Washington D.C.), is a celebrity basketball player who plays for the Oklahoma City thunder in the NBA. He plays as a shooting guard/small forward, and he is also able to play as a power forward at times. Even though his professional career only started in 2007, Durant is a player that’s known for his achievements. He has won many distinctions and awards during his career, such as:
- The Rookie of The Year award, which was presented to him in 2008, one year after being drafted in the National Basketball Association.
- He was in the NBA All-Star Team in 2010.
- Also in 2010, he was the NBA Scoring Champion.
- He made the All-NBA First Team in 2010.
- He was in the All-Rookie First Team in 2008.
- He has won the H-O-R-S-E Competition twice, in 2009 and 2010.
- He managed to play in the World Championship hosted by FIBA in 2010, and he was even declared the Most Valuable Player in the whole competition.
- He won the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 2007.
- Durant also own the Adolph Rupp Trophy in 2007.
- He was the Naismith Player of the Year in 2007, a distinction won by many of the NBA legends.
- Also in 2007, he was declared the Associated Press Player of the Year.
- And again in his debuting year, he was presented with the John R. Wooden Award.
The 6’9″ player began his college career at the University of Texas. He played in every single game of the season, and managed to gain a slight fame. His slender frame was an issue he quickly overcame, and he managed to gain recognition from critics and fans alike. In 2007, he entered the NBA Draft, and he was the second overall pick in the Draft, with the choice going to the Seattle Supersonics. The first pick was a tie up until the last minute, between Durant and Greg Oden. Following the NBA pick, Durant signed endorsement deals with Nike, and the Upper Deck Company. The Nike deal managed to bring him a whopping $60 million, but rumors have it that he turned down an even bigger deal from Adidas. He refused the $70 million from Adidas stating that he had worn Nike shoes for most of his life.
In the 2008-2009 season, the team moved to Oklahoma, and they changed their name to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant has remained with the new team to this day. What’s more, in the summer of 2010 he announced that he had extended his stay with the Oklahoma team for another five years. Durant has also made a name for himself while playing for the United States national team. He played a couple of matches in 2007 within the NBA Summer League, and then went on to play in the FIBA World Championship, where the US team won Gold. This is also where Durant won the MVP award.