Kevin Durant was born on September 29, 1988 to Wanda (née Durant) and Wayne Pratt.
Durant spent most of his basketball career as the "second-best." He was Rivals' second-best 2006 high school recruit behind Greg Oden. He was the second overall pick of the 2007 draft after Oden. For much of his NBA career, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was labeled the league's second-best player, next to LeBron James.
Durant reached his pinnacle in 2013-14, receiving the NBA MVP Award. Durant's average of 32.0 points that season was a career high, as he led the league in scoring for the fourth time in his career. Only Michael Jordan (ten) and Wilt Chamberlain (seven) have more scoring titles.
Durant's MVP acceptance speech is remembered for his emotions, referring to Wanda as "The Real MVP."
Durant's decorations include 2006 McDonald's All-American Game MVP, 2007 Naismith College Player of the Year, 2008 NBA Rookie Of The Year, 2010 FIBA World Championships MVP and 2012 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Durant has six NBA All-Star appearances, five All-NBA First Team nods, a 2012 Olympic gold medal and a 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal.
Durant won one Western Conference title in 2011-12 before the Thunder were dropped by the Heat in the NBA playoffs.
After missing just 16 games in his first seven seasons, Durant played in only 27 games in 2014-15 due to foot, ankle and toe injuries. Durant did not return to action after February 19. The Thunder missed the postseason for the first time since 2008-09.
Durant and fellow superstar Russell Westbrook will be hungry to bounce back in 2015-16. After the firing of Scott Brooks, Billy Donovan will be Durant's third NBA head coach. At just 27, Durant is 125th on the all-time scoring list with 15,537 points.
Durant is a noted philanthropist, donating $1 million to the Red Cross after tornado devastated the region around Oklahoma City in 2013.
He starred as himself in the children's film, Thunderstruck in 2012.