Kevin Wayne Durant ( born September 29, 1988 in Washington, DC) is an American basketball player and actor, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thanks to its height of 206 cm, it was used in the NBA, not only as a small forward / shooting guard, but even at times as power forward.
Kevin Durant played from 2006 to 2007 at the University of Texas, scoring an average of 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. In the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, he reached the final with his team. At the end of the season Kevin Durant was elected to the College Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman and player of the University of Texas at all.
Greg Oden and Kevin Durant were considered the two best rookies of the Draft- 2007 vintage and the Portland Trail Blazers, who had the first pick, opted for Greg Oden, Kevin Durant which came to the Seattle SuperSonics.
The first season
Durant began his rookie season on 31 October 2007 with a game against the Denver Nuggets, where he was able to record 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals for himself. In the last game of the season he was once again recorded a new Career High, when he scored 42 points against the Golden State Warriors. In his 2007/ 08 rookie season he scored an average of 20.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. He was subsequently elected at the end of the season for the Rookie of the Year. He led the NBA All- Rookie First Team in this year.
In 2008, the team from Seattle moved to Oklahoma City and then called Oklahoma City Thunder. At the NBA Rookie Challenge at the NBA All -Star Game 2009 in Phoenix Durant scored 46 points, setting a new record for points in the Rookie Challenge. He was elected MVP of the Rookie Challenge for.
In the season 09 /10 Durant made the step to superstardom and achieved an average of 30.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. With this performance, he was 21 year old became the youngest NBA scoring champion ever. On 17 February 2009 he was able to set up a new Career High of 47 points in a game against the New Orleans Hornets.
This season, he was also nominated for the first time for the NBA All-Star Game, and elected to the All- NBA First Team. Behind the superstar LeBron James Durant landed in a vote for MVP of the season 09 /10 at No. 2 In addition, he was able to qualify with his team thanks to 50 victories in 82 games for the first time for the playoffs, where the Thunder right in the first round to the applicable as a favorite Los Angeles Lakers met. In his playoff debut Kevin Durant was able to record 24 points, but the team around Kobe Bryant had to concede defeat. Game 2 went despite 32 points from Durant also to the Lakers. Only in Game 3, the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to record a victory, not least thanks to 29 points and 19 rebounds from Kevin Durant. Game 4 is also went to the team from Oklahoma City, but the last two games of the series again won by the team from Los Angeles.
2010 to present
On July 7, 2010 Kevin Durant announced that he has signed a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the value of $ 86 million and whose contract length is 5 years. On 26 January 2011, he turned in a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves his Career High of 47 points and a new Career High of 18 rebounds on. 19 February 2012 Durant scored for the first time in his career over 50 points and improved his Career High 51 points in a game.
In 2011 he was first elected as a starter for the NBA All -Star Game. In addition, Durant finished for the second time in a row the season with the highest points average of all NBA players.
During NBA All- Star Game 2012 in Orlando, he was with 36 points and 7 rebounds the MVP of this game, which won the All- Star team from the West with 152:149. For the third time in a row, he finished the season with the league 's highest points average. On November 18, 2012 against the Golden State Warriors he managed his first triple-double in the NBA with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
On 17 January 2014, Kevin Durant against the Golden State Warriors a new Career High with 54 points.
At the 2010 World Cup in Turkey Durant participated with the U.S. national team. With an average of 22.8 points, he led the team in the final against hosts Turkey, which was won with 81:64. This meant the first world title for the United States since 1994. Durant was later awarded the MVP of the tournament. In the semi-final game against Lithuania, he hired a day earlier, on his world - best value of 38 points.
After starting his career in the NBA Kevin Durant signed a doped with $ 60 million advertising contract for a term of 7 years with the U.S. sportswear manufacturer Nike. In addition to a clothing collection Durant is equipped with its own shoe line, Nike published to date six generations.
2013 Kevin Durant earned $ 35 million, making it one of the top 10 highest paid NBA players of the year.
Awards and Records
- 5 × NBA All -Star: 2010-2014
- NBA All-Star MVP: 2012
- 4 × All- NBA First Team: 2010-2013
- Rookie of the Year: 2008
- NBA All- Rookie First Team: 2008
- 3 × NBA scoring champion: 2010, 2011, 2012
- NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge MVP: 2009
- NBA All-Star Weekend H -O -R - S-E Winner: 2009, 2010
- Gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
- 2010 FIBA World Championship MVP
- Most points in one game of the NBA Rookie Challenge: 46
- Most points in a FIBA World Championship game by a U.S. citizen: 38
- 2012: Thunderstruck ( Thunderstruck )