These 25 Plays From Kevin Durant Will Get You Hyped

  • 25. KD Posterizes Marcin Gortat

    Although he is not necessarily known for jamming, Durant has thrown down his fair share of dunks in the past. After easily driving past Michael Beasley, he dribbled into the lane before leaping up over the helpless Gortat and turning him into another highlight.

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  • 24. Durant Breaks U.S. FIBA Scoring Record

    While Durant withdrew from this summer’s FIBA World Cup, he did participate in the tournament four years ago. In the United States’ 89-74 victory over Lithuania, he tallied 38 points to break the American FIBA record for points in one game.

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  • 23. His First Career Triple-Double

    It took 5-plus seasons, but Durant finally recorded his first career triple-double against the Warriors in November of 2012. He was virtually unstoppable, showing off his scoring prowess, vision, and ability to grab boards in what amounted to 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

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  • 22. Durant’s Buzzer-Beater Against the Knicks

    This clip is great for three reasons — Durant’s fallaway three-pointer with a hand in his face, the announcer enthusiastically screaming “Thunder wins!” and the fact that it came against the Knicks, a team that is unfortunately too easy to pick on these days.

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  • 21. His Epic Rucker Park Performance

    The legend of KD has grown beyond the professional basketball courts. Playing at renowned Rucker Park in Harlem, New York, the forward dropped 66 points in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

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  • 20. KD’s Outburst Against the Wolves

    Kevin Durant has terrorized opponents his entire career, but none of his previous seasons compared to the 2013-14 MVP campaign. It seemed like he was putting up 30-plus points on a nightly basis, including this 48-point and game-winning shot performance against the Wolves.

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  • 19. Durant’s Jam on Jonas Valanciunas

    Before Durant was dubbed The Baddest, he already was — proving this by providing yet another poster on Jonas Valanciunas three seasons ago.

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  • 18. KD Breaks Pavlovic’s Ankles

    While it is his scoring we tend to focus on, Durant can also dribble the rock and drop some dimes. Early on a couple of seasons ago, he made Sasha Pavlovic look silly after breaking his ankles, before passing it off to Nick Collison for the slam.

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  • 17. His Historic (and short) College Career

    In his one and only season playing college ball at the University of Texas, Durant showed us what was to come in the league, scoring 30 or more points on 11 occasions on his way to being named Big 12 and National Player of the Year.

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  • 16. KD Shows Out at Drew League

    The Drew League in Los Angeles has become one of the most popular places to play for NBA players in the offseason. Last summer he joined in on the fun and drew tremendous roars from the fans, dropping 35 points for his squad.

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  • 15. Durant’s Acrobatic Layup

    He went Dr. J on the Denver Nuggets, getting past Wilson Chandler and avoiding JaVale McGee to convert the wild layup into two points.

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  • 14. Durant’s Slam on McGee

    Doesn’t it seem like he enjoys picking on McGee? Aside from getting past him on the layup, he also slammed on the Nuggets big man, maneuvering into the paint before soaring up and jamming it home.

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  • 13. Durant’s Unreal Double Crossover

    With so many jaw-dropping highlights in his MVP season, it can be tough to remember all of them — but this isn’t one we would forget. He put Darrell Arthur on skates last season, hitting him with the double crossover before draining the and-1 shot to the delight of the Thunder bench.

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  • 12. Durant’s High School Skills

    He rose to rank as the No. 2 high school player in the country in the 2006 class, using his raw talent over fellow young hoopers. In the clip above, despite it being from 2005, it is clear who Durant is by his long-frame and baby face.

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  • 11. Kevin Durant Surpasses Michael Jordan

    Aside from his eye-opening highlights throughout his MVP year last season, he also had an absolutely historic campaign. From January to April, Durant scored 25 or more points in 41 consecutive games, eclipsing Michael Jordan’s streak of 40 games.

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  • 10. For Durant, Defense Creates Offense

    He displayed his athleticism and versatility in this clip, swatting Darren Collison’s shot against the backboard before finding the ball, driving it down the other end of the floor and slamming it over poor Chris Kaman.

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  • 9. Drops 44 on Pacers, Puts Hibbert on Poster

    What can be better than watching Kevin Durant score 44 points? Watching Kevin Durant score 44 points and dunk on a 7-footer who seemingly stood no chance.

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  • 8. Young Durant Hits Buzzer-Beater

    The Supersonics struggled in their final season in Seattle, winning just 20 games to finish as the second-worst team in all of basketball. One of the few bright spots was Durant, who averaged more than 20 points per game on his way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.

    Here, the skinny teenager is seen knocking down the double-overtime three-point buzzer-beater against the Atlanta Hawks.

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  • 7. KD Torches Raptors, Hits Game-Winner in Memorable Game

    In one of his best single game performances of all time, Durant proved to be virtually unstoppable. He scored 51 points against the Toronto Raptors, adding 12 rebounds, seven assists, and the game-winning trey to cap off eight consecutive points in the last 49 seconds for the Thunder, helping them secure the victory.

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  • 6. Clutch Shot Lifts Thunder in Playoffs

    Although he is still chasing a title, KD has had great playoff performances. In the first game of the first round of Oklahoma City’s matchup against Dallas, he connected on a one-hand fadeaway shot to push the Thunder past the Mavericks.

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  • 5. Durant Puts Up Career-High 54 Points

    In another unbelievable game from last season, he scored a new career-high 54 points against the Warriors, once again making the case as not only the best scorer in the world, but maybe the best player, too.

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  • 4. Durant Outshines LeBron in Finals

    While the Thunder did lose the 2012 NBA Finals in five games, the team’s superstar proved he can bang with LeBron James and the big boys on the world’s biggest stage. He took over at Chesapeake Energy Arena, scoring 36 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter to protect home court in Game 1.

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  • 3. Stuns Mavericks on Three-Point Winner

    KD loves besting his Western Conference rivals. A few years back, he pulled the trigger on a fadeaway three-point buzzer-beater that dropped through the basket, breaking the hearts of Dirk Nowitzki and Co.

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  • 2. Durant Connects on Ridiculous Four-Point Play

    Yes, the Thunder did lose this game but that does not take away from the absurdity of this shot. Durant’s converted four-point play on a fallaway three-pointer was one of the best shots of the playoffs and will surely be featured on NBA mixtapes for years to come.

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  • 1. You the Real MVP

    Ironically, Durant’s most memorable moment came off the basketball court. In his 2014 MVP acceptance speech, the mature 26-year-old was emotional and down-to-earth, speaking on how he became who he is today and thanking those who helped him along the way, such as his mother, “the real MVP.”

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Kevin Durant is the reigning NBA MVP, a five-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, and the best offensive weapon in basketball today.

He can score from the perimeter, throw down ferocious dunks on bigger opponents, and swat shots on the defensive end of the floor. Though seemingly quiet and humble, Durant is one of the most feared players and fiercest competitors in the game. Still chasing the illustrious championship that has eluded him in the first seven years of his professional career, KD — with help from Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Co. — will still prove to field one of the best lineups this coming season.

Aside from his accomplishments on the court, Durant is also succeeding off the floor. Thanks to Nike, he is known as the Baddest, a label indicating his basketball greatness. With this memorable nickname, combined with the release of recent new KD7 colorways such as “35,000 Degrees,” “Calm Before The Storm,” and “Easy Money,” the Oklahoma City Thunder megastar continues to bolster his image.

And today, as Durant turns 26 years old, we prepare ourselves for the drop of his latest KD7 colorway – the “Bad Apple” – which will hit Champs Sports this Saturday, October 4.

To honor the first 25 years of his basketball career and the new sneakers, we revisit his 25 most memorable moments on the hardwood.

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