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|Kevin Durant during his tenure at Texas.|
|Oklahoma City Thunder – No. 35|
|Born||September 29, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Montrose Christian School,|
Oak Hill Academy,
Mouth of Wilson, Virginia
|Draft||2nd overall, 2007|
A 6'9" small forward who is also capable of playing shooting guard, Durant was the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year, in addition to being selected as the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, amongst other awards. After his freshman season at the University of Texas, Durant opted to enter the NBA Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. There he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after his debut season. In 2007, Durant signed an endorsement contract with Nike.
A basketball player from his earliest days, Durant played for a successful Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) youth basketball team, the PG Jaguars. The Jaguars won multiple national championships with Durant and fellow future blue chip recruits Michael Beasley (Miami Heat) and Chris Braswell (Georgetown). Durant wore, and continues to wear, the #35 jersey in honor of his childhood mentor and AAU coach, Charles Craig, who was murdered at age 35. Durant later moved on to play AAU basketball with fellow McDonald's All American Tywon Lawson (North Carolina) for the DC Blue Devils. After spending two years at National Christian Academy (MD), and one year at Oak Hill Academy (VA), Durant starred for the Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland during his senior year. At Montrose, Durant led the team in scoring and was named the Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year. Durant also played with current Maryland point guard Greivis Vasquez while at Montrose. Vetter described Durant as a hard working player, complete with size, shooting skills and ball handling skills. Durant also was named a McDonald's All American and named co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald's All American game along with Chase Budinger. Behind Greg Oden, Durant was widely regarded as the second-best high school prospect.
A 6'9" swingman with a 7'5" wingspan, Durant was one of four freshman starters for the University of Texas basketball team. Durant started in all 35 games of the season, which culminated with a loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament to the University of Southern California. Texas finished third in the conference with a 12–4 record and was the runner-up in the 2007 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Although he had a slender frame, Durant frequently used it to his advantage by posting up bigger players, while shooting over smaller guards. ESPN analyst Dick Vitale praised Durant as the "most prolific offensive skilled big perimeter" ever and proceeded to compare Durant's game to those of current NBA stars like Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki. After a 37-point, 23-rebound winning performance against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, head coach Bob Knight described Durant as quick, fast and mobile, and being "really good". Texas coach Rick Barnes admitted to rarely calling set plays for Durant, instead relying on Durant himself and on his teammates to find him within the flow of the offense.
Durant was widely hailed by the media as the Big 12's top freshman and a top candidate to be named Freshman of the Year. He averaged 25.8 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game during his freshman season with the Texas Longhorns. In Big 12 matches he averaged 28.9 points per game and 12.5 rebounds. His college career high for scoring was 37 points, which he achieved on four occasions. Durant had twenty 30-point games his freshman year, including a losing effort against Kansas for the regular-season Big 12 title.
In March 2007, Durant was named the NABC Division I Player of the Year, and received the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win each of these awards. On March 30, 2007, he was selected as the Associated Press college player of the year, becoming the first freshman and the first Texas athlete to receive this award since its inception in 1961. On April 1, 2007, he became the first freshman to receive the Naismith Award and on April 7, 2007, won the John R. Wooden Award.
Less than a week after being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, the University of Texas announced the retirement of Durant's #35 jersey. The number will now hang in the rafters at the Frank Erwin Center along with the #11 of former Longhorn great T. J. Ford. Durant's will be one of nine jerseys to be retired in ceremonies during the 2008–09 school year.
Durant declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft on April 11, 2007 and signed his first professional contract on May 25 with the Upper Deck Company, who later heralded Durant to be the focus of their 2007–08 NBA trading card line. On June 28, 2007, Durant was taken second overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. It was expected that either he or Greg Oden, the starting center for Ohio State at the time, were to go Number 1 in the draft, but Oden was taken ahead of Durant when it actually happened. In the proceeding month, Durant went on to sign a seven-year, $60 million endorsement deal with Nike—a rookie deal only surpassed by LeBron James' contract with Nike. In doing so, Durant reportedly turned down a potential $70 million contract with Adidas, opting for Nike since he had worn them all his life.
After playing only a handful of games in the NBA Summer League, Durant was chosen to trial for Team USA and participate in the State Farm USA basketball challenge, alongside NBA all-stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard. Although Durant held his own in scoring 22 points for the Blue team in one game, he was ultimately dropped when the roster was trimmed to the twelve-player limit. Coach Mike Krzyzewski cited the experience of the remaining players as the deciding factor in making the cut.
On October 31, 2007, Durant made his NBA debut with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. On November 16, 2007 Durant made the first game-winning shot of his NBA career with a key 3-pointer to beat the Atlanta Hawks in double overtime. Durant finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. On November 30, 2007, Durant scored 35 points to beat the Indiana Pacers. In a game against the Denver Nuggets, he flirted with a triple double as he came up with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. In the last game of his rookie season, Durant finally recorded his first double-double of his career with a career-high 42 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and also added 5 assists. In addition to leading all rookies in scoring for the season, he was named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, December (2007), January, March and April (2008). Durant's 20.3 point per game season average broke the SuperSonics' 40-year-old rookie record set by Bob Rule during the 1967–68 season. On April 30, 2008, Associated Press reported that Durant was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season.
Following the 2007–08 season, the team relocated to Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although Durant was not selected to play in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, he did take part in two events. On February 13, 2009, Durant led the Sophomore team to a 122–116 victory over the Rookie side at the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. He was crowned the MVP for the game after he set the scoring record with 46 points, breaking the old mark set in 2004 when Suns F-C Amar'e Stoudemire had 36 for the sophomores. The next day, Durant came from behind to win the first ever H-O-R-S-E Competition in NBA All-Star weekend history, beating out Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks and O. J. Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies after getting four quick letters early in the game.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Awards and honors
- NBA All-Star Reserve:2010
- NBA All-Star Weekend H–O–R–S–E Competition: 2010
- NBA Rookie Challenge MVP: 2009
- NBA All-Star Weekend H–O–R–S–E Competition: 2009
- NBA Rookie of the Year: 2008
- All-Rookie First Team: 2008
- Milestones and records
- Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder Franchise Records
- Consecutive games scoring 30 or more points (7, from December 22, 2009 to January 2, 2010)
- Broke the record of 6 set by Spencer Haywood in January 1972.
- 2006 Co-MVP McDonald's All-American Game — Shared award with Chase Budinger
- 2007 ESPN All-American
- 2007 ESPN Player of the Year
- 2007 NABC Division I Player of the Year
- 2007 AP Player of the Year (First freshman to achieve the honor)
- 2007 AP All-America 1st Team (unanimous)
- 2007 Oscar Robertson Trophy
- 2007 Adolph Rupp Trophy
- 2007 Naismith Award Winner (First freshman to do so)
- 2007 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team
- 2007 John R. Wooden Award Winner
- Big 12 Rookie of the Week (six times)
- Big 12 Player of the Week (four times)
- 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards:
- Player of the Year
- Big 12 Freshman of the Year
- All-Big 12 First Team (unanimous)
- Big 12 All-Defensive Team
- Big 12 All-Rookie Team (unanimous)
- 2007 AP National Player of the Year
- ^ a b c d Dre (2007-03-07). "ESPN All-American Team And POY". Serious Hoops. http://serioushoopsblog.com/espn-all-american-team-and-poy/. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- ^ a b c d National Association of Basketball Coaches (March 21, 2007). "Longhorns' Freshman Durant Named NABC Division I Player of the Year" (pdf). Press release. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nabc/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2007DivIPlayeroftheYear.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
- ^ a b Brown, Chip (2007-03-27). ""Durant, Law on All-America team"". Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/032707dnspoallamerican.19048ec.html. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- ^ a b c United States Basketball Writers Association (2007-03-27). "USBWA names Durant, Bennett as player, coach of the year". Press release. http://www.sportswriters.net/usbwa/news/2007/robertson070327.html. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- ^ a b c Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky (2007-03-27). "Durant Named Player Of The Year". Press release. http://ruppawards.com/. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
- ^ ""Durant wins Naismith Award"". Austin American Statesman. 2007-04-01. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2007/04/01/durant_wins_naismith_award.html. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- ^ a b c Rosner, Mark (2007-04-07). "Durant receives Wooden Award". Bevo Beat. Austin American-Statesman. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2007/04/07/durant_receives_wooden_award.html?cxntfid=blogs_bevo_beat. Retrieved 2007-04-07.
- ^ a b c "Durant to declare for NBA Draft". Texas Longhorns Athletics. http://www.texassports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=16&url_article_id=6392&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- ^ "Kevin Durant signs with Nike". boston.com. http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2007/07/18/kevin_durant_signs_with_nike/. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
- ^ "UT's Durant: righteous talent SPORTSDAY" (PDF). TexasSports.com. http://www.texassports.com/doc_lib/newsstand_mbb/DMN-UTs_Durant_rightous_talent.pdf. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- ^ Picker, David. "In the N.B.U.'s Age Game, Colleges Are Big Winners", The New York Times, April 22, 2006. Accessed December 1, 2007. "Durant, a forward at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., has heard the endless chatter about where he would have been selected in the N.B.A. draft in June. A first-rounder? No doubt. A lottery pick? Probably so."
- ^ "Before they were stars: Kevin Durant". Rivals.com. http://collegebasketball.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=686314. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
- ^ "Basketball Recruiting: Top Recruits". ScoutHoops.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&cfg=bb&c=4&pid=88&yr=2006. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- ^ "Prospect Ranking: Final Rivals150 Class of 8181". Rivals.com. 2006-05-02. http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1428. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- ^ Report: Durant's workout raises eyebrows at camp updated June 6, 2007
- ^ "Season Statistics". TexasSports.com. http://www.texassports.com/doc_lib/000_stats/mbb/2006_07/teamcume.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
- ^ "Texas freshman Durant romping through Big 12". Arkcity.net. http://www.arkcity.net/stories/020207/spo_0005.shtml. Retrieved 2007-07-30.
- ^ "Texas' Durant 'once-in-a-lifetime' talent". USAtoday.com. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2007-02-01-durant-notes_x.htm?csp=34&q=Texas'%20Durant%20'once-in-a-lifetime'%20talent. Retrieved 2007-07-30.
- ^ "Durant Makes Longhorns' History in Win". Washingtonpost.com. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/31/AR2007013102569_pf.html. Retrieved 2007-07-30.
- ^ "Durant, Boggan star in Big 12 clash". Dallasnews.com. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/osu/stories/011607dnspoutadvance.27d629e.html. Retrieved 2007-07-30.
- ^ Goodman, Jeff (2006-09-01). "Longhorns' Durant is simply special" (pdf). FoxSports.net. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. http://www.texassports.com/doc_lib/FoxSports.com_--_Longhorns_Durant_is_simply_special.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- ^ Brown, Chip (2007-03-28). "UT's Durant racking up awards". Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/032807dnspoutdurant.9b69ad4.html. Retrieved 2007-03-28. "Durant is the first freshman to win the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Rupp Trophy."
- ^ a b Brown, Chip (2007-03-22). "Durant named NABC player of the year". Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/032207dnspoutbrief.44280fd.html. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
- ^ Tomasson, Chris (2007-02-17). "Dantley given Hall of Fame support". Rocky Mountain News. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/nba/article/0,2777,DRMN_23922_5359105,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-07. "Colangelo said he plans to invite University of Texas player Kevin Durant to Team USA training camp this summer."
- ^ Rosner, Mark (2007-07-03). "Durant's jersey to be retired". Austin American Statesman. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2007/07/03/durants_jersey_to_be_retired.html. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- ^ Young, Durant to join Williams, Ford with retired UT jersey numbers
- ^ McDonald, Jeff (2007-07-20). "Longhorns Mailbag: UT worth millions to Durant". San Antonio Express-News. http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA072007.WEB.Hornsmailbag.en.90b6eb77.html. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
- ^ McMenamin, Dave (2007-07-25). "Team USA: Durant Better Than Advertised". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/usabasketball/durantusa_072207.html. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
- ^ a b Mahoney, Brian (2007-08-26). "Durant, Collison dropped from U.S. team". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2007-08-25-3065978470_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
- ^ October 31, 2007 boxscore: SuperSonics 103, Nuggets 120
- ^ Carmelo, Denver dominate Durant in rookie's regular-season debut
- ^ Wilkins scores 41, but Durant's 3-pointer clinches Sonics' double-OT win
- ^ N/A (2007-11-16). "SuperSonics 126, Hawks 123". ESPN.com. http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=271116001. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
- ^ Sonics ride Durant's 35 to first home win
- ^ Horford, Durant Named Rookies of the Month
- ^ ATLANTA'S AL HORFORD AND SEATTLE'S KEVIN DURANT NAMED T-MOBILE ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
- ^ Yi, Durant Named Rookies of the Month
- ^ Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team
- ^ Horford, Durant Named T-Mobile Rookies of the Month
- ^ Sessions, Durant Named T-Mobile Rookies of the Month
- ^ ESPN - Kevin Durant Stats, News, Photos - Seattle SuperSonics - NBA Basketball
- ^ Allen, Percy (2008-05-01). "Sonics' Kevin Durant named NBA rookie of the year". Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2004385626_soniweb01.html.
- ^ "John R. Wooden Award announces the 2006-07 All-American Team". John R. Wooden Award. 2007-03-27. http://woodenaward.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/032707aaa.html. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
- ^ a b "Final Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards For 2006-07 Announced (March 5)". Big 12 Conference. March 5, 2007. http://www.big12sports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030507aab.html. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- ^ Big 12 Conference (2007-03-04). "Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced" (pdf). Press release. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/awards-0607.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- ^ "Durant, Bennett earn AP honors". Sports Illustrated. 2007-03-30. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/basketball/ncaa/specials/ncaa_tourney/2007/03/30/bc.bkc.applayeroftheyea.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
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