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Player Profile: Kevin Durant

This summer Kevin Durant sent shockwaves throughout the NBA when he announced he would be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

Now a part of the recording-breaking Golden State, Durant adds a new level of skill to the team. Despite the Warriors losing their season opener to the San Antonio Spurs by 29 points, Durant lead the team with 27 points, and displayed his value to the team. While as a whole the Warriors had a bad night, all his teammates said Durant was not the problem.

Durant started playing basketball at 8 years old in Seat Pleasant and hasn’t stopped since. After spending his high school career at three different schools, Kevin committed to the University of Texas, where he played for one year before declaring for the NBA Draft. Picked second overall in the 2007 draft, Durant was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics. After his first year, they relocated to Oklahoma City and adopted the Thunder name.

Kevin Durant MVP Suit

While not close friends off court, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made a strong team that carried the Thunder to the playoffs several times. Durant even netted the NBA MVP award for the 2013-14 season due to averages of 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. The 2014-15 season was injury-ridden for Durant, and according to him, sitting out a lot of the season gave him time to reflect on his own ambitions. This lead to his decision to move to the Golden State Warriors, the team that came back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 playoffs to knock the Thunder out of the running.

Though Durant has never won a NBA Championship, he is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA, the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year, and 7-time NBA All-Star. So there may be hope yet for Durant and his new teammates at Golden State.   

Durant is a basketball superstar, and since he signed with Nike in 2007, they’ve been equipping him to hoop with the most advanced sneaker tech. His latest model the Nike Zoom KD 9 keeps with his preference for low-top sneakers.

Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

The KD 9 is the first silhouette in the KD line to employ Flyknit in the construction of the sneaker. Durant said he was jealous when Kobe Bryant unveiled the Kobe 9, and it had Flyknit.

“The upper allows me to shift to the right and come back to the left really quick, and pull up on a dime. The shoes are perfectly catered to my foot, like I molded these and got a special pair made.” – Kevin Durant

The KD 9 is the first sneaker to debut Nike’s new tapered Zoom Air unit, which took three years to develop. The Zoom Air bag is 16 millimeters thick at the heel and thins out to 10 millimeters at the forefoot. Designer Leo Chang said the amount of Zoom Air was increased, and foam was decreased in this new silhouette. The new Zoom provides shock absorption at the heel and gives you a springy sensation in the push-off.

The Nike KD 9 ‘Battle Grey’ colorway pays tribute to exploring the dark of the unknown and following the light of potential. The dark and light themes mingle into a tonal grey silhouette. The only variant hue is on the toe of the outsole which is a hushed blue.

The Nike Zoom KD 9 ‘Battle Grey’ drops on Saturday, Oct. 29th, in stores and online. These kicks will be in men’s for $150 and grade schoolers’ for $125.

Nike Zoom KD 9 'Battle Grey' 843392-002

Nike Zoom KD 9 'Battle Grey' 843392-002