How much is Kevin Durant worth?

Net Worth:$180 Million
Profession:Professional Basketball Player
Date of Birth:September 29, 1988
Country:United States of America
Height:
2.08 m

About Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant was born in 1988. While his career still isn’t over, and while he can still accomplish many things in his career, we can already safely assume that he is one of the greatest players who has ever played the game, as well as a future Hall of Famer.

Life was hard in his early years. His parents divorced and his father totally abandoned them. He lived with his mother Wanda, and his grandmother who took great care about Kevin and his siblings. He has one sister and two brothers. When Kevin Durant was 13 years old his father reappeared in his life and started to visit him and attend his basketball games. He was always a talented basketball player with a lot of offer even in his early high school years. But, due to two large growth spurts, one in his senior year in high school as well as college, he was transformed from a really talented and athletic guard, who can shoot, pass and dribble, into one of the most versatile forwards of all time.

As of 2020, we estimate Kevin Durant has a net worth of $180 million dollars.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is the league’s top scorer, and arguably the best offensive basketball player in the world today. Not bad for a guy that couldn’t bench-press 180 at the draft combine.

Quick Facts

  • Name: Kevin Durant
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height: 6-9
  • Weight: 235
  • School: Texas
  • Birthdate: September 29, 1988
  • Home Town: Washington, DC
  • Drafted: Second overall (Seattle SuperSonics), 2007 NBA Draft

Scouting Report

Strengths: On the offensive end, Durant can do it all. He’s equally comfortable shooting from beyond the arc (.364 shooting percentage on threes in 2011-12) or posting up, and with his height (6-9) and textbook high release, it is next to impossible to defend his jump shot. Durant rebounds very well, especially for a player that spends a lot of time on the perimeter, and uses his pterodactyl wingspan to block shots and disrupt passing lanes. He’s rail-thin (6-9, 235) but plays stronger than he looks; he’s not apt to get pushed around by bigger defenders.

Weaknesses: He has improved considerably, but Durant still has a long way to go before he’s considered an elite defender.

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College

College basketball may have been too easy for a player of Durant’s ability. Despite the fact that he was on a Texas Longhorn team that started four freshmen, and the fact that coach Rick Barnes – by his own admission – rarely called plays designed to get him the ball, Durant averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds – 28.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in league play. The Longhorns reached the NCAA Tournament as a number four seed, but were bounced in the second round by USC.

After the season, Durant received a host of honors, including the Naismith and Wooden Awards.

2007 Draft

The Portland Trailblazers won the 2007 Draft Lottery and a very difficult decision. Should they draft Durant, the can’t miss scorer who probably needed to put on some weight? Or Ohio State center Greg Oden, who seemed poised to become the league’s next great big man?

Their ultimate choice will go down in history – along with the team’s selection of Sam Bowie over one Michael Jordan in 1984 – as one of the biggest blunders in draft history. The Blazers based their decision on decades of conventional basketball wisdom and took the big man, but it was the Seattle franchise that landed a budding superstar.

NBA Career

Any concerns about Durant’s slight frame were quickly put to rest; he was named Western Conference Rookie of the month five times during the 2007-08 season, set a new franchise rookie scoring record (20.3 ppg) and was named NBA Rookie of the Year. In his third season, he became a Western Conference all-star, was named to the All-NBA First team for the first time, won his first scoring titles, and finished second to LeBron James in the MVP race.

Five seasons in to his NBA career, and Durant is already a three-time scoring champion and two-time Western Conference all-star starter.

International Competition

Durant is also a cornerstone of USA Basketball’s senior men’s national team. He was absolutely dominant at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey, bringing home the gold medal and tournament MVP honors. He’s certain to be a big part of the team Mike Krzyzewski will bring to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Honors and Awards

A partial list of the awards and honors Durant has received during his basketball career:

  • 2007 Naismith Award
  • 2007 Wooden Award
  • 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year
  • NBA All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • All-NBA First Team (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 2010 FIBA World Championships Tournament MVP
  • 2012 NBA All-Star Game MVP

What makes him so successful?

Kevin Durant is without doubt one of the most talented NBA players ever. There is nothing on the court that he does below average. He is one of the greatest shooters and scorers the game has ever seen. In addition to that, he is also one of the great rebounders in the sport. While early in his career he wasn’t much of a playmaker or ball-handler, with hard work in the offseason he has transformed himself into an amazing point forward, a great passer with both vision and flair. It is also important to note that those two growth spurts he had added to his ability to use his talent as a great ballplayer. Even without the growth spurts, Durant would likely be an NBA player, one of the best guards and shooters the game has seen; but with his combination of size, explosiveness and skill, he is rightly one of the best that have ever played the game.

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How did Kevin Durant get so rich?

During his first year in the NBA, Durant was already starting to join the company of future greats. He averaged more than 20 points in his first year and was named the “Rookie Of the Year”. He became only the third teenager in NBA history to average 20 points or more, the two others being Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. He grew both as a player but also a man in his first three years. By the end of his third season, he grew up to 6 foot 11 inches (about 2.08 m) and was already scoring more than 25 points per game and slowly but surely becoming one of the greatest scorers in the league.

In his fourth year, he became the youngest player to win the scoring title. A year after they drafted Durant, the OKC Thunder drafted Russell Westbrook. Both of them would become all-stars and lead the OKC Thunder to deep playoff runs. But, sadly for the OKC Thunder fans, they would not win the title. They would also trade James Harden, a future league MVP. Dissatisfied with the situation in OKC, Durant decided to leave during his free agency, after 9 years with OKC, a few title runs, the Western Finals One Finals appearance and an MVP season.

Durant joined the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and would stay with the team for 3 years, during which he would win another MVP award, as well as defeat and outplay LeBron James in the NBA Finals. He would also win two Finals MVPs. That move to the GSW attracted controversy since he was regarded one of the best players in the league, and jumping to a team with another superstar with Stephen Curry was not a thing an NBA superstar should do.

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Due to Durant’s calf injury, the GSW lost in the Finals against Toronto, and Durant decided that it was time for a new chapter in his career.

After those three years, he joined the Brooklyn Nets, forming an attractive offensive duo with another new signing, Kyrie Irving. He still has recovery work his calf injury sustained in the 2019 Finals, yet will likely continue to kick-ass in the NBA league for years to come.

During his NBA career, Durant has so far earned over $200 million dollars. Plus, with endorsement deals with Nike and Footlocker his estimated total net worth has also likely increased further.

We calculate Kevin Durant is worth about $180 million dollars in 2020.

Why is he so famous?

During his last year at high school, he had committed to the University of Texas. At the end of his senior year of high school, he was the second-best prospect in his class, only behind Greg Oden. His first season with the Texas Longhorns would also be his only. He dominated in college. He was able to put up an average of 25 points and 11 rebounds as only a freshman. Durant led the team to the fourth seed in the NCAA National Tournament. They won their first-round game but were upset by USC in their second-round match. But that didn’t take away anything from Durant’s personal successes. He won every player of the year award he could. But he was still considered the second-best prospect in the draft, still behind Greg Oden.

He was selected as the second pick in that NBA draft. And he would have a much better career than Greg Oden, since the talented center had a long list of injuries, starting from his ankles to his knees and back.

Summing-Up

Starting from a humble background, always being doubted for being a skinny kid, a pushover, Kevin Durant has shut the mouths of all of his many doubters. People thought Greg Oden would be a better college prospect than him, and he proved them wrong. People thought Oden would be a better NBA player, but Durant proved that he was the better of the two.

People thought that he could not carry a team to an NBA finals win, he proved people wrong again. With his hard work, determination and belief in himself he has transcended every limitation others have shackled him with. We can only hope that he will fully recover from his calf injury and keep impressing the whole, global basketball fandom.

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