Kevin Wayne Durant, born September 29, 1988, is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He played one season of college basketball for the Texas Longhorns before being taken as the second overall choice in the 2007 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.
He spent nine seasons with the organization, which was renamed the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
Before joining the Golden State Warriors in 2016, where he won consecutive NBA championships and the NBA Finals MVP Award in 2017 and 2018.
After suffering an Achilles injury in the 2019 NBA Finals, he signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets that summer.
He requested a trade after clashing with the Nets’ management office.
Early life and Education
Durant was born on September 29, 1988, in Washington, D.C., to Wanda and Wayne Pratt.
When Durant was an infant, his father deserted the family.
Wanda and Wayne eventually divorced, and Durant’s grandmother Barbara Davis helped raise him.
By age 13, his father reentered his life and traveled the country with him to basketball tournaments.
Durant has two brothers, Tony and Rayvonne, as well as a sister, Brianna.
Durant and his siblings grew up on the eastern outskirts of Washington, D.C. in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
He was extremely tall from a young age, reaching a height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) while still in middle school (age 10-12).
Durant grew up wanting to play for his favorite team, the Toronto Raptors, who included his favorite player, Vince Carter.
Durant was a highly sought-after high school prospect who was usually regarded as the class’s second-best player.
He was the first freshman to be voted Naismith College Player of the Year after winning multiple year-end honors in college.
He has two NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, two Finals MVP Awards, and two NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Awards.
Four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, has been named to ten All-NBA teams (including six First Teams) and has been an NBA All-Star 13 times.
Durant was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.
Durant earned three gold medals at the Olympics as a member of the United States men’s national team (2012, 2016, and 2020) and is the leading scorer in Team USA’s men’s Olympic basketball history.
In 2010, he also won gold at the FIBA World Championship.
Off the court, Durant is one of the world’s highest-paid basketball players, thanks in part to endorsement deals with brands like Foot Locker and Nike.
He has a philanthropic reputation and consistently tops the league in All-Star votes and jersey sales.
In recent years, he has worked as a photographer and writer for The Players’ Tribune.
In 2012, he made his acting debut in the film Thunderstruck.
Kevin Durant has dated various women during his career, including Jasmine Shine, Ashley Champ, and Monica Wright.
He’s recently been linked to Cassandra Anderson.
He is also well-known for his charitable contributions.
Durant committed $1 million to the ‘American Red Cross’ for the victims of the Moore tornado in 2013.
Kevin Durant is involved with the non-profit after-school music program ‘P’Tones Records’ at their Washington, D.C. branch, where he serves as the organization’s spokesperson.
Durant is a fervent Christian who goes to the Chapel before every game.
He also has religious tattoos on his stomach, wrist, and back.
He spends his free time playing video games.