Who is Kevin Durant?
Since entering the league as the 2nd overall pick in 2007, Kevin Durant has established himself as one of the most prolific scorers of the game. Standing at 6'10 with guard skills, his ability to get his shot off against any defender changed the dynamics and the prerequisites of the power forward position. He has won an MVP award, 4 scoring titles, with multiple deep playoff runs, and 2 Finals MVPs while winning back-to-back championships with the Warriors. Injuries, however, have plagued the past few seasons since his Achilles tear in 2019.
When healthy, Durant performs at an elite level: a facet of the player that was brought to light in his 2022 playoff run, when he carried the Nets without co-stars Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. Though questions linger about his health, his offensive performances have, nevertheless, secured his legacy.
Kevin Durant's early life
Kevin Durant was born on September 29, 1988, in Washington D.C. The forward spent most of his early life in Prince George's County, Maryland. From a young age, Durant was a very talented basketball star. After graduating from Montrose Christian School, he committed to the University of Texas in Austin in 2006 despite offers from multiple popular programs. After one year of college basketball, KD declared for the NBA draft in 2007. According to reports, he later earned a bachelor's in education with a minor in social work.
Kevin Durant's family and personal life
Kevin Durant's parents are Wanda Durant and Wayne Pratt. He has three siblings, Brianna, Tony, and Rayvonne. Durant's father abandoned the family when he was an infant and his parents eventually divorced later. The two-time Finals MVP's grandmother helped Wanda in raising him. When KD was 13, Pratt re-entered his life and traveled with him around the country for basketball tournaments.
Durant was once engaged to WNBA star Monica Wright. They started dating in 2013 and were engaged a few months later. However, the engagement was called off, and they reportedly broke up in 2014. He once talked about the reason behind the failed relationship.
After this, it was rumored KD dated Cassandra Anderson who is a real estate broker. She was spotted attending his games from the spouses' area during his time with the Warriors. There were multiple social media posts of the two together as well. However, the posts were later deleted. It is unclear whether Durant and Cassandra broke up or whether they are trying to keep it private.
Kevin Durant's Net Worth in 2024
Kevin Durant has an estimated net worth of around $300 million, according to various reports. Durant currently plays for the Phoenix Suns, after a blockbuster trade from the Brooklyn Nets in February 2023. He is set to earn $46,407,433 during the 2023-24 NBA season. The two-time NBA champion also earns tens of millions from endorsements thanks to his popularity and success on the hardwood. Furthermore, KD is also an entrepreneur who invests his well-earned money which has helped him build a business empire. In terms of being the highest-paid athlete in the world, Kevin Durant rounds out the 2023 top ten with $89.1 million.
Kevin Durant's career timeline
Kevin Durant was one of the best college basketball stars in the country while playing for the University of Texas. He led the Longhorns to a 25-10 record and clinch 4th seed in the NCAA Tournament. Despite a great game from Durant, the team was eliminated in the second round. For his impressive performances, KD won the National Player of the Year award along with other prestigious accolades. After one year with Texas, he declared for the NBA draft in 2007.
Even though there were some reservations about his lanky build, Durant was expected to be a lottery pick. The Seattle SuperSonics selected KD as the 2nd pick of the draft. However, many still thought that the 6'10" youngster would struggle to play against the well-built stars in the NBA. But that was far from the reality. Durant hit the ground running and won the Rookie of the Year award averaging 20 points per game.
After his rookie year, the franchise moved to Oklahoma, rebranding as the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Slim Reaper continued his ascension and dominated his opponents. The Thunder were one of the best young teams with KD, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden in the lineup. Durant led the team to the 2012 NBA Finals but lost the title to LeBron James' Miami Heat.
KD was arguably in his prime during the 2013-14 season and won the NBA MVP award averaging 32 points. However, team success was still hard to come by as the Thunder were knocked out in the Conference Finals. After two more disappointing seasons in Oklahoma, Durant joined the Golden State Warriors. He received major criticism for joining the team that beat the Thunder in the Conference Finals the previous year and also for forming a super team.
Durant instantly helped the Warriors with his skill set and experience. The Dubs won two straight titles and KD won the Finals MVP award on both occasions. The Warriors' hunt for a third straight ring in 2019 came up short in the Finals against the Toronto Raptors as KD struggled with injury throughout the playoffs. After some internal issues within the team, Durant left the Warriors and joined the Brooklyn Nets.
This move was again criticized heavily as Kyrie Irving also joined the Nets the same year. However, because of COVID protocol, Irving missed a lot of games. Then in 2021, Durant's former teammate James Harden also joined the team. But the trio barely played together due to various reasons and Harden left after one year. In the 2022-23 season, the Nets started the season poorly but then went on a great run and looked unstoppable. But things changed after Irving requested a trade and moved to the Dallas Mavericks. Durant later joined the Phoenix Suns in a blockbuster move to play alongside Devin Booker and Chris Paul.
In 2023, Durant announced that he would return to wearing the No. 35 jersey, which he had worn throughout his college and professional career before joining the Nets. The same year, he also finished the regular season shooting over 55% from the field, over 40% from three-point range, and over 90% from the free-throw line, becoming the first player in NBA history to achieve those shooting splits in a season. Durant also passed Hakeem Olajuwon in October for 12th on the all-time career scoring list and became the 12th player all-time to reach 27,000 career points.
Kevin Durant's NBA career stats
Regular season stats:
Games played - 1020
Points per game - 27.3
Rebounds per game - 7.0
Assists per game - 4.4
Games played - 166
Points per game - 29.4
Rebounds per game - 7.8
Assists per game - 4.2
Kevin Durant's endorsements
Some of the biggest endorsements and partnerships of Kevin Durant are as follows:
Alaska Air Group
American Family Insurance
Kevin Durant's investments
Kevin Durant can be hauled as a successful investor. The 13-time NBA All-Star has reportedly made over 80 investments through his firm Thirty Five Ventures which operates as a venture capital firm. Some of the most important investments of KD include Postmates, Yoshi, Rubrik, Whoop, Robinhood, Pieology, etc. KD reportedly earned around $15 million after Uber acquired Postmates. Furthermore, KD has a minority stake in MLS' Philadelphia Union and the NWSL's NJ/NY Gotham FC.
In October 2022, Durant joined fellow professional athletes LeBron James, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees as an investor in a professional pickleball team with his business partner, Rich Kleiman, via their Thirty Five Ventures firm. Under it, in March 2023, KD launched a flagship project "The Boardroom" that covers all these ventures and also provides news coverage.
Kevin Durant's major achievements and awards
2× NBA champion (2017, 2018)
2× NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
NBA Most Valuable Player (2014)
13× NBA All-Star (2010–2019, 2021–2023)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2012, 2019)
6× All-NBA First Team (2010–2014, 2018)
4× All-NBA Second Team (2016, 2017, 2019, 2022)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
4× NBA scoring champion (2010–2012, 2014)
2× 50–40–90 club (2013, 2023)
NBA 75th Anniversary Team
Consensus national college player of the year (2007)
Consensus first-team All-American (2007)
Big 12 Player of the Year (2007)
No. 35 retired by Texas Longhorns
FIBA World Championship MVP (2010)
3× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2010, 2016, 2021)
McDonald's All-American Game MVP (2006)
First-team Parade All-American (2006)
Second-team Parade All-American (2005)
Kevin Durant's contract details
In 2021, Kevin Durant signed a four-year $194.22 million contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets with an annual average salary of over $48 million. After earning over $42 million last year, KD is all set to earn over $46.4 million over the next season, having moved to the Phoenix Suns.
Kevin Durant's shoe deals
Kevin Durant and Nike have signed a lifetime contract, making him the third NBA player to sign such a deal. Michael Jordan and LeBron James are the other two. This partnership includes footwear, apparel, and a philanthropic collaboration that focuses on grassroots basketball. His deal with Nike also includes a $50 million retirement package. KD's relationship with Nike dates back to 2007, during which they released 15 different shoes. The 13-time All-Star has also teased a 16th pair.
Kevin Durant's charity and foundation
Kevin Durant is a philanthropist. He founded the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation in 2013. The foundation aims to help youth from low-income backgrounds across the country and internationally as well. He is also a major contributor to different charities like Tulsa Dream Center, Boys and Girls Club, American Red Cross, GiveDirectly, Positive Tommorw, and the Kevin Durant Basketball Facility for Men. He reportedly donated $1 million to the Red Cross for its tornado relief fund and $3 million to the University of Texas to help its basketball program.
Kevin Durant's car collection
Kevin Durant rides in style and has an impressive car collection worth over $4 million. Notably, one car alone is worth more than half of his entire collection: the 1966 Ford GT40 which is worth an estimated $2.5 million. It is one of only 105 models ever made. Also, Durant has been spotted multiple times driving a Ferrari California, which was priced at $200,000. He also owns a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Rolls-Royce Phantom, etc.
Kevin Durant's house
Kevin Durant not only drives in style; he lives in style as well. Durant either bought or rented mansions whenever he moved to a different team. In 2021, KD reportedly purchased a mansion worth $15.6 million located in Hidden Hills, California. The property is 10,000 square feet and sits on 1.8 acres of land with all the amenities one can expect in a luxury mansion.
Kevin Durant's social media accounts
|Kevin Wayne Durant
|September 29, 1988
|6' 10" (2.08 m)
|Wanda Durant and Wayne Pratt
|Brianna, Tony, and Rayvonne