Here are the Top 10 things you didn’t know about Kevin Durant!.
#10. Durant was born on September 29, 1988, in Washington, D.C. to Wanda and Wayne Pratt.
- When he 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 re-entered his life and he traveled the country with him to basketball tournaments. Durant has one sister, Brianna, and two brothers, Tony and Rayvonne.
#9. He and his siblings grew up in Prince George’s country, Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
- He was unusually tall from a young age and he reached 6 feet tall when he was still in middle school. When he was growing up, he wanted to play for his favorite team, the Toronto Raptors, which included his favorite player, Vince Carter.
#8. Durant played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for several teams in the Maryland area and he was teammates with future NBA player Michael Beasley, Greives Vasquez, and Ty Lawson, the former of whom Durant remains friends with to this day.
- During this time, he began wearing the #35 as his jersey number in the honor of his AAU coach, Charles Craig, who was murdered at the age of 35.
#7. After playing two years of High School basketball at National Christian Academy and one year at Oak Hill Academy, he transferred to Montrose Christian School for his senior year. Prior to the start of the season, he committed to the University of Texas. At the conclusion of the year,
- he was named the Washington Post-All-Met Basketball Player of the Year, as well as the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 McDonald’s All-American Game.
#6. For the 2006-2007 college season, Durant averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game for the Texas Longhorns.
- The Longhorns were awarded a fourth sees in the NCAA Tournament and they won they won their first-round match-up against New Mexico State.
#5.He was recognized as the unanimous national player of the year and he won the John R. Wooden Award. He also won the Naismith College Player of the Year Award.
- Durant was the first freshman ever to win any of the National Player of the Year Awards. On April 11, he officially declared for the 2007 NBA Draft. His #35 jersey was later retired by the Longhorns.
#4. Durant has endorsement deals with Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric and 2k Sports.
- In 2012, he tried his hand at acting, appearing in the children’s film “Thunderstruck”.
- In 2013, he earned $35 million, making him the fourth-highest-earning basketball player that year.
#3. In 2017, he became involved with YouTube.
- In February, he visited YouTube’s headquarters for a speaking engagement.
- On April 7, 2017, he created a YouTube account and he soon began upload live stream vlogs onto it.
#2. Durant describes himself as a “high school kid” and he enjoys playing video games in his spare time. He is very close with his mother and he is a Christian.
- He goes to chapel service before every game and he has religious tattoos on his stomach, wrist, and back.
- In 2013, he briefly became engaged to Monica Wright, a WNBA player.
#1.Throughout his career, he has participated in many philanthropic causes.
- In 2013, he pledged a million dollars to the American Red Cross for the victims of the 2013 Moore tornado. His generosity inspired the Thunder and Nike to match his donation.
- He is also a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C. branch of P’Tones Records, a nationwide non-profit after-school music program.
- He has developed a reputation for his kind demeanor;
- In 2013, Foot Locker released a series of commercials calling him the “nicest guy in the NBA”.
- In 2014, he partnered with KIND Snacks and he launched StrongAndKind.com to show that “being kind is not a sign of weakness.”