Even if you are not a fan of basketball, there is no way that you would not have heard of the phenomenon known as Kevin Durant. The small forward/point guard has achieved indisputable success in the course of his NBA career. He has emerged the league scoring leader on four occasions. He has also won two NBA championships, emerging MVP on both occasions.
However, when it comes to his personal life, Durant’s track record is not so mercurial. His relationship history has been somewhat chequered and not so straight-forward. Even when the Power Forward did get engaged, the matrimony never materialized as it was cut short before it could see the light of day.
Has Kevin Durant Ever Been Married?
Kevin Durant has never been married but he did come close to doing so with WNBA star, Monica Wright, in 2013. Wright is a former professional basketball player who was selected 2nd overall in the 2010 NBA draft. She spent six years as a pro and played for teams in the US, Poland, Turkey, Australia, South Korea, and Iceland. She retired in 2016 and now works as a coach. Durant and Wright reportedly first met each other during high school. They became friends and embarked on their respective successful careers.
Their friendship eventually morphed into a romance and they got engaged in July 2013. Fans were impressed with the story of two professional ballers dating each other and eagerly looked forward to their nuptials. Their hopes were however dashed after the couple called off the engagement. Durant subsequently revealed that he broke things off because “he didn’t really know how to love Wright”. She on her part attributed the breakup to the fact that Durant didn’t want to conform to her cherished Christian values.
Since this 2014 breakup, Kevin Durant has lived the life of a regular bachelor. He has been linked with several beauties including real estate agent, Cassandra Anderson, and reality TV star, Alexis Skyy. His latest squeeze is an Instagram model known as Amy Shehab. Shehab is a native of California who joined Instagram in 2014. She has since risen to become an influencer on the platform and also has an eponymous jewelry brand. Durant and Shehab were first linked in October 2018 following his breakup with Anderson. The couple has however kept their romance all hush-hush and as such, it is possible that they may have even broken up by now. Whatever the true position is, Durant will be quite happy to focus on the one constant thing in his life and that is basketball.
Living Up to the Hype
Having had a brilliant freshman year in the NCAA, many basketball enthusiasts had called on Kevin Durant to ditch school and go pro immediately. The small forward, having weighed his options, harkened to this call and declared for the 2007 NBA draft. He was picked second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) and proceeded to show the NBA that his college exploits were no fluke.
For his debut season of 2007/2008, Durant averaged 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He made history as just one of three teenagers to average 20 points per game all season and was subsequently named the NBA Rookie of the Year. Following this outstanding debut year, Durant spent seven additional seasons with Oklahoma City during which he continued his prodigious scoring form. He led the NBA in total points for five straight seasons (2009 – 2013). He also emerged the league leader in scoring average on four occasions (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013).
NBA Championships Triumph
Despite the above facts, as well as his numerous individual accolades including emerging league MVP in the 2013/2014 season, Durant’s team failed to win the coveted NBA Championship. They came close on several occasions, including the 2011/2012 season when they lost the final to Miami Heat. These called into question Durant’s capabilities and some sections of the media dubbed him ‘unreliable’. This situation made Durant realize that an athlete was only as good as the number of trophies he had won.
He, therefore, sought for a team with trophy-winning prospects and joined the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Kevin Durant spent a total of four years with the Warriors during which he continued his prolific scoring form. The only difference this time around was that he did get to win the much-elusive NBA trophy twice. The Maryland native first laid hands on the title in 2017 before lifting it again in 2018. It is interesting to note that Durant made significant personal contributions to his team winning these trophies. This fact prompted his emergence as the NBA Finals MVP on the two occasions that he won the championship with Warriors.
How Much Is He Worth And How Does He Spend His Money?
If there is one thing that sets Kevin Durant apart from other athletes, it is his humble demeanor. Other sports stars who have recorded the kind of achievements that he has tallied are often flamboyant and lead a superstar lifestyle but not Durant. He remains quite humble and avoids all the trappings of global marketing. Despite this aversion for commercialization, the NBA star remains the toasts of several brands. He has penned deals with the likes of Sprint, Panini, General Electric, Gatorade, Alaska Air, Google, American Family Insurance, and Nike (who gave him a 10-year sneaker deal worth $300 million in 2010). Forbes 2019 estimates show that the small forward makes as much as $35 million from endorsement deals each year.
Another important source of income for Durant is the lucrative contracts he has scored with the various sides that he has played for. His rookie contract was a 2-year deal worth $8.65 in 2007. He subsequently signed a 5-year contract extension worth $89 million in July 2010. The player is presently on a 4-year contract extension that he signed with the Brooklyn Nets in July 2019. The deal is worth $164.26 million and pays him an average salary of $30 million each year.
Finally, the unassuming Durant is also a savvy businessman and owns an investment arm known as the Durant Company. The company has invested substantial amounts of money in about 30 start-ups including Coinbase, LimeBike, Postmates, Acorns, Rubrik, and Peiology.
All these have resulted in a net worth of $160 million and Durant utilizes the same to live a good life. The NBA star owns several houses in the two cities that he has played in. Amongst them is a Malibu oceanfront home worth $12.15 million. The 5,136 square feet house boasts of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, water views, library, media room, wine wall, and French oak flooring.
Another exquisite property of Durant’s is his Oakland Hills Home worth $5 million. The home measures 9,100 square feet and has seven bedrooms and eight baths. It also has a miniature basketball court, home theatre, and atrium. Durant does not also scrimp when it comes to his wheels. The basketballer owns several luxurious cars including a red Chevrolet Camaro SS.