Kevin Durant has been playing in the NBA with great success for years. Durant drew attention to himself with games in the Oklahoma City Thunder, but together with Russel Westbrook and James Harden, who were the leaders of that team, he failed to win the championship ring.
After spending nearly a decade in Oklahoma inheriting the former Seattle Supersonics, Durant moved to the Golden State Warriors for which he played three seasons.
Where did Durant earn his rings
In that period, Durant won two championship rings and at the same time won the MVP title in the finals of 2017 and 2018. The last few seasons he played for the Brooklyn Nets and he was brought to that team to repeat the results he recorded with the Golden State Warriors, but so far he has not succeeded.
Kevin Durant @ Seattle
Durant’s career in the NBA began after he was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics as the second pick after a great season in college where he played for Texas Longhorns.
In that season, Durant averaged more than 25 points and 11 rebounds, which drew the attention of the mentioned team to choose him as the second pick in the draft. Already in his first season in the NBA, Durant played really fantastically. In the 2007-08 season, Durant was selected as the Rookie of the Year.
Durant was only 19 at the time and averaged about 20 points per game throughout the season. From the attached, it can be concluded that Durant did not need much to adjust in the strongest basketball league in the world.
In the following season, the team for which Durant played moved from Seattle to Oklahoma, and regardless of the relocation of the mentioned team, Durant continued with great patties in the following seasons, playing for this team.
Those games contributed to Kevin becoming a regular participant in the NBA All-Star Game, in which Durant played a total of 12 times during his career. From season to season, Durant progressed in the field of strength, and he also increased in height, considering that he was a young player at that time who had a lot of space for development and progress in terms of his own physiques. During the 2009-2010 season, Durant managed to become the youngest top scorer in the NBA, considering that he averaged over 30 points that season. In the same season, Durant made his All-Star game for the first time in his career and had the opportunity to play in the NBA playoffs for the first time, but his team was defeated by the LA Lakers at the start.
After that season, Durant extended his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, so he committed to a five-year loyalty to the team.
For the second time in a row, Durant managed to win the title of the best scorer. That season, his team made further progress, so unlike the season before, they have now reached the playoff finals at the Western Conference, where they were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks.
A season later Durant reappeared in an NBA All-Star game in which he took home the MVP Award. In that 2011-12 season, Durant was again the top scorer in the NBA for the third time with 28 points scored on average.
That year is one of the most successful in the recent history of the mentioned club, for which Durant played for the largest part of his career. Oklahoma went one step further again and made it to the very end. It was a great opportunity for Durant to win the first championship ring, but the Thunder were defeated by the Miami Heat in the final, which was then led by one of the best players in NBA history, LeBron James.
Oklahoma took revenge for the defeat of Dallas, then eliminated the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, but still managed to reach the title. Durant was, of course, the best player in the final in the defeated team, considering that he scored over 30 points. In the 2012-13 season, Durant failed to be the top scorer in the NBA for the fourth time, although he again had a great performance with 28 points on average.
He became the youngest player in the history of the NBA who managed to have a percentage of over 50 percent of shot success, over 40 percent for three points, and over 90 in the shot from free throws. Oklahoma failed to repeat the result from the previous few seasons that season, which was significantly contributed by Russell Westbrook’s injury, so Durant had to take on even greater responsibility. His team was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Durant was great again with an average of over 30 points scored in the playoffs. In the 2013-14 season, Durant recorded an unrealistic performance of almost 36 points scored on average, which is quite expected and completely justified to win the MVP title.
Unfortunately, his team did not win the title that season either, as they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals. In the following season, Durant had big problems with injuries and played only 27 games, but despite that, he again scored almost 25 points on average. The 2015-16 season is the last season in which Durant played for the mentioned team. Together with Westbrook, Durant led Oklahoma to a conference final in which they led 3-1 but Golden State reversed and secured a place in the grand final.
Kevin Durant @ Golden State Warriors – First Champion Ring
After almost a decade, Durant left Oklahoma and just moved to a team that eliminated his previous team the season earlier. It turns out that he made the best possible decision because moving to the Golden State Warriors led by Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green will bring him what he has been waiting for so long and that is the championship ring.
In his first season in San Francisco at the end of the regular season, he had an injury problem but returned when the team needed it most, in the playoffs. Golden State advanced to the NBA Finals only, and Durant was the top scorer in almost every game in the final series that the then champion played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and scored over 35 points on average, which he deservedly won the MVP title, but he was certainly much happier because he was for the first time in his career. managed to win the championship ring.
During the 2017-18 season, Durant managed to cross the magic limit of 20,000 points. In that season, Durant managed to repeat the achievements he had achieved a year earlier.
Once again, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, and Durant was the MVP again. Kevin set a career record in one of the final games when it comes to the playoff finals as he scored 43 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in the third game against the Cavaliers.
Durant reached another MVP title with almost 29 points scored on average in the playoff finals. It turns out that Durant reached his last championship and MVP title so far that season as he failed to repeat those accomplishments with the Golden State Warriors in his last season playing for them as well as the Brooklyn Nets for which he has played in the last few seasons.
Last season in San Francisco, Durant managed to set a new career record in the playoffs after scoring 50 points in the playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant had an injury problem in the playoffs, so he played in the final against Toronto only in the fifth game.
Apparently his absence contributed to the Warriors being left without a title after several successful seasons as the Raptors were better than the Warriors in the final after six games.
Kevin Durant @ Brooklyn Nets
After completing his rather successful adventure in the Warriors where he won the only two championship rings so far, he joined the Brooklyn Nets, which brought him to become more competitive for the title.
In the 2019/20 season, Durant had a problem with injury, and then the COVID-19 epidemic broke out, so Durant did not perform at all that season.
Durant made his Nets debut in December next season in a win against his former team, the Golden State Warriors. In Brooklyn he got a chance to play again with James Harden who was next to him one of the best players in Oklahoma.
The tandem reunited to try to accomplish what they failed to do in Oklahoma. Durant played really well this season and provided several unrealistic playoff games. In the semi-final series, Durant was close to a 50-point lead on several occasions, but failed to help the team reach the final itself as the Nets were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Golds won by Kevin Durant
In the 2021-22 season, playing for the mentioned team, Durant reached a career record of 55 points. In addition to two NBA championship rings, Durant has managed to win four gold medals in his career so far by competing for the USA. Durant has been an Olympic champion three times, and in 2010 he won the world title.