Kevin Durant is one of the most versatile and skilled players in the NBA. He has a rare combination of size, skill, and athleticism that make him the most versatile scorer in the league. He can shoot, drive to the basket, pass, rebound, and defend.
It is rare for a 6’9″ player to be one of the best scorers in the league even with skill. He has only been playing basketball since he was nine years old meaning he hasn’t had enough time to master skills that other players could have. Learn more about this incredible player by reading on!
Kevin Durant’s early life and how he got to where he is today
He was born to a teenage mother and raised by his grandmother. His father was an alcoholic and beat his mother. When he was nine years old, his father took him away to the United States where he found a mentor in Billy Ray Bates and excelled on the court.
Durant attended Montrose Christian School in Maryland. During this time, he was named Gatorade National Player of the Year twice (2006 and 2007) and won six national Player of the Year awards. He also led his team to win two straight Virginia state titles!
He played college basketball for the Texas Longhorns and was drafted second overall by the Seattle Supersonics.
He played there until he went to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team trade. Since joining, he has been leading his team to victory after victory!
What makes him so great on the court
It’s not just his size and athleticism that drives Durant to greatness. His combination of skills and talent has made him the best scorer in the NBA.
He has a signature move called the “Eurostep” where he uses his footwork to get past defenders. This is important because when Durant makes it to the professional level, he will need that move to be able to get past defenders!
Durant is only 24-years old and continues to improve his game. He was drafted in 2007 but because he has improved each year since then, by the time he is 30-years old (in 2023), it’s likely that Durant will be one of the best players in the league.
How many championships has Kevin Durant won
He was named the NBA MVP in both 2013 and 2014.
He’s also won:
- five scoring titles
- one rebounding title
- two NBA championships
- and four NBA All-Star game MVP awards
What are some of his best games
Durant had one of the best individual performances in NBA history when he scored 52 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors.
He has also scored 40 or more points 27 times throughout his career including six 50+ point games. He set a career-high with 54 points against the New York Knicks in 2014 while also having several games where he scored 41 or more points.
A look at his personal style and what that means for Nike (and other sponsors)
Durant’s signature style is a definite boon for Nike. His stylish, clean look fits in well with Nike’s core demographic of young adults from 18-35.
Durant also has a strong social media presence and sponsorship contracts with Muscle Milk, Gatorade, and Beats by Dre. In fact, as of the 2012-2013 season, Durant is estimated to have made $13 million from endorsements alone.
If you want someone who can play all around your opponent while still creating shots for himself or teammates then Kevin Durant may just be what you’re looking for. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, know that he’s also won countless awards and championships.
He may be just 24 years old but it seems like his talent only continues to grow year after year so we’re excited to see what he does next!