Kevin Durant's decision to swap his long-term home in Oklahoma City for the sunnier climes of the Bay Area in the summer of 2016 and join forces with an already historically-talented Golden State Warriors team boasting the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson rocked basketball to its foundations. It also cast him a villain in the eyes of many, severing his devastating partnership with Russell Westbrook.
Here is everything you need to know about the former MVP, eight-time All-Star, quadruple scoring champion and double Olympic gold medallist.
A native of Seat Pleasant in Prince George's County, Maryland,, Durant was raised by his mother Wanda – with the support of his aunt and grandmother–- and started his basketball journey as en eight-year-old at Seat Pleasant Activity Center.
A childhood friend of current NBA journeyman Michael Beasley, he learned from coaches Taras Brown and the late Charles "Big Chucky" Craig, going on to win two AAU titles with the PG Jaguars. He also played alongside Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson for the DC Blue Devils.
Durant played high school basketball at National Christian Academy before moving to Oak Hill Academy and later Montrose Christian, where he teamed up with Greivis Vasquez. Maturing into the second-best prospect in the country behind Greg Oden, he committed to the University of Texas in 2005 despite being recruited by North Carolina.
The rangy small forward, a McDonald's All-American Game MVP in 2007, averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds during his one season as a Longhorn and led Rick Barnes' team to a third-place finish in the Big 12 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He became the first freshman ever to win the Naismith Trophy men's college player of the year gong and claimed a clean sweep of all seven major national awards.
After one year at college, Durant, who wears the number 35 in honour of Craig following his death in 2005, unsurprisingly declared for the 2007 NBA draft and was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the second overall pick. Ohio State's Oden went first to the Portland Trailblazers, but saw his hugely promising career sadly wrecked by injury.
Professional career highlights
Named as the 2008 NBA rookie of the year after averaging 20.3 points per game during the Sonics' last season in Seattle before their controversial relocation to Oklahoma City.
Made the first of eight NBA All-Star appearances to date in 2010 in Arlington, Texas.
Averages 30.1 points per game in 2009-10 to win the NBA scoring title. Durant also scooped the award in 2011, 2012 and 2014, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, George Gervin and Allen Iverson as one of only five players to win it four times.
Scores 28 points to lead Team USA to victory over Turkey in the 2010 FIBA World Championship final, being named tournament MVP.
Wins the All-Star Game MVP award in 2012 after scoring 36 points in the Western Conference's 152-149 victory over their Eastern counterparts in Orlando, Florida.
Made his first and thus far only trip to the NBA Finals in 2011-12, where the Thunder lost in five games to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Scores a game-high 30 points as Team USA defeated Spain in the gold medal game at London 2012 to retain their Olympic title.