Kevin Wayne Durant was selected second overall
in the 2007 NBA Draft. EverythingTop10 is proud to present, 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
County, 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
players Michael Beasley, Greivis Vásquez, 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 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. He was widely regarded as the second-best
high school prospect of 2006. #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 seed in
the NCAA Tournament and they won their first-round match-up against New Mexico State. They were then upset in the second round by
USC despite a 30-point and 9-rebound performance from Durant. #5. For his outstanding play, 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. In an interview with “Sports Illustrated”,
he stated that, despite his high earnings potential, “global marketing and all that
stuff” does not interest him. #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 to upload livestream vlogs onto it. As of June 3, 2017, his YouTube channel has
received over 200,000 subscribers and 5 million video views. #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. In 2016, he was a credentialed photographer
for “The Player’s Tribune” at Super Bowl 50. #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.” That’s all folks! Please leave us a like if you enjoyed the
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