Kevin Durant is a multi-millionaire American professional basketball player. Aside from the court, Kevin is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. His $42 million salaries in the NBA ranks him among the league’s top five earners. With many high-paying endorsement deals, his annual income rises by millions of dollars.
During the months of June 2019 through June 2020, Kevin made $65 million from his different businesses. Kevin signed a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 after spending three seasons with the Golden State Warriors. He’s an active early-stage tech investor, having made more than 40 investments.
Kevin Wayne Durant was born on September 29, 1988, in Washington, DC. His father abandoned the family when he was a baby, leading to the ultimate divorce of his parents. Thus, Durant’s grandma helped raise him. Brianna, Tony, and Rayvonne are his siblings. When they were children, they lived in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The father in Durant’s life returned to him when he was 13 years old, and the two of them spent time traveling around the country to basketball tournaments.
Growing up, Durant was a member of many Maryland-based AAU basketball teams, where he shared the court with future NBA stars Michael Beasley, Greivis Vasquez, and Ty Lawson. Durant started wearing the #35 jersey number as a tribute to his original AAU coach Charles Craig, who was assassinated at the age of 35.
He went to National Christian Academy, Oak Hill Academy, and Montrose Christian School for his high school basketball career. As the second greatest high school football player in 2006, he decided to attend the University of Texas before his senior year. The Washington Post’s All-Met Basketball Player of the Year and the MVP of the 2006 McDonald’s All-American Game were among Durant’s honors during his senior year.
Durant’s net worth is now estimated at $170 million by Celebrity Net Worth. If you believe HoopsHype, the Warriors will pay Durant $30 million this year. However, it’s likely that he would decline his $31.5 million player option for the 2019-20 season and sign elsewhere.
He’ll be rewarded for his efforts. During his time with the Golden State Warriors, Durant has taken a number of deals that were below market value in order to help the team build its squad. But this offseason, he’s focused on securing a lucrative contract.
“I’m thinking about the money I’ll get,” he stated, according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “I didn’t get the (huge) deal that I was hoping for. I’ve seen a lot of guys in the league getting a lot of money, and that makes me happy. But I also know that I deserve it. To be honest, that’s all I’m thinking about at the moment.”
It’s anticipated that Golden State can pay Durant $221.3 million over five years, but other NBA teams can only offer him $164 million over four years.
The Seattle Supersonics selected Durant in the second round of the 2007 NBA draught. He was voted the NBA’s Rookie of the Year after averaging 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in his debut season in the league. Oklahoma City became home to the Thunder in 2008, when the SuperSonics relocated there from Seattle.
He improved his scoring average by five points in the 2008-09 season, making him a contender for the Most Improved Player Award. Although he didn’t win, he came in third place in the polls. His full height of 6′ 11″ was attained during this time, as well (2.11m).
The 2009-10 NBA All-Star Game marked Durant’s first appearance in an All-Star Game, and he became the NBA’s youngest scoring champion with an average of 30.1 points per game. Durant agreed to a five-year extension with the Thunder before the 2010-11 season, reportedly worth $86 million.
During the 2011-12 NBA All-Star Game, he was named the Most Valuable Player and went on to win the award. Michael Jordan’s record of 41 consecutive games with 25 points or more was broken by him in the 2013-14 season. With an average of 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in that season. Durant earned more than $88 million in salary for the whole 2015 season.
Great athletic prowess opens doors of opportunity for the possessor. Durant has a slew of sponsorships under his belt, the most notable of which being a sneaker deal with Nike. After signing a 10-year contract in 2014 worth up to $300 million, Durant also received a $50,000 retirement package, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
Nike first signed Durant to a seven-year contract worth at least $60 million, thus the NBA star has been in numerous Nike ads since he first entered the league in 2007. Since then, he has added Alaska Airlines and Google to his list of clients. Additionally, Durant has appeared in ads for Gatorade, Sonic, Beats by Dre, Skullcandy, and Sprint, among others.
Thirty-Five Media has also benefited from Durant’s branded content arrangements. Additional sponsors have included Nike and Alaska Airlines, as well as American Family Insurance.
Kevin Durant’s net worth in 2021 will be $200 million if current reporting and his pay are taken into account. In the next years, this amount is projected to climb as it is with many players of his size, age, and commercial ability.
With the Brooklyn Nets, KD has inked a four-year, $164 million contract that will make him (about) $170 million in 2021. After LeBron James and Stephen Curry, he is now the NBA’s third-richest player, behind only himself.
He’s earned $351,439,033 by the time his Nets deal expires in 2023 and has been a max contract-worthy player since Day 1. Of course, the two-time champion doesn’t just make money on the court; he also takes advantage of other lucrative chances off the court.