When speaking of basketball’s holy sneaker trinity — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant — it almost always starts and ends with the King and the Mamba. LeBron is the game’s greatest player, a four-time MVP who is still in the prime of his powers, and Bryant has long been revered as perhaps the most spectacular individual talent this generation has ever seen. The two of them spark debates, heat up Twitter, and support legions of fans who’ll follow them until the wheels fall off. Durant? He doesn’t possess the same mid-air creativity, nor does he have a single defining characteristic on the court. He isn’t a scoring machine like Bryant, someone who can get so hot he can outscore entire teams. Durant also isn’t a walking triple-double like James, the greatest athlete we’ve ever seen.
Durant also plays in OKC. He also doesn’t have a cool nickname. He’s also mild-mannered and seems to almost avoid conflict. He’s just a basketball player…but one of the BEST basketball players we’ve ever seen.
All of this comes through within the players’ respective Nike signature sneaker lines. James’ releases are mind-bending, literally monsters that seem to stomp the competition through personality and prominence. Bryant’s joints are eccentric, performance-based shoes that take no prisoners and no shortcuts. Durant’s line has lived in the shadows for much of the past few years. That’s changing, however.
With another colorway of Durant’s Nike KD7 set to drop this week at Champs Sports, make sure you aren’t missing out on what’s become the game’s most underrated sneaker. That’s especially important as we head into 2015, where KD is looking to take the next step. Here are 7 Reasons Why Kevin Durant’s Signature Sneaker Line Is the Best in the Game.
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