Born on September 29, 1988 in Suitland, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., Kevin Wayne Durant is a high-profile professional basketball player.
He is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won an NBA championship, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals. He has also been selected to seven All-NBA teams and eight NBA All-Star teams.
He grew up with his older brother Tony in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, just outside the nation’s capital. They were raised by their mother Wanda Pratt and her mother Barbara Davis. Their father, Wayne Pratt, left the family before Kevin’s first birthday. At the age of 10 Kevin decided he was going to be a basketball player. His mother said she would help him and kept on him his whole career about working extra hard and keeping in shape. His father came back into his life when Kevin was around the age of 13. Kevin attributes much of his success to his mother.
He adopted his jersey number, 35, in honor of his childhood coach, Charles Craig, who was murdered when he was 35. Durant received the Naismith Award College Player of the Year Award, Associated Press College Player of the Year, NABC Division I Player of the Year, the John R. Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson and the Adolph F. Rupp awards, and was the first freshman to win these honors.
He created the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to help at-risk youths from low income backgrounds; donated $1 million in 2013 to the American Red Cross after the tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma.