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The History Of The Nike KD 2

The Nike KD 2 was released in 2009. Kevin Durant continued his ascend up the NBA ladder and was one of the best players in the league by 2009. Learn more about the KD 2 below.

KD 2

The Nike KD 2 was designed by Leo Chang. The shoe featured a mid-foot strap and a lower cut than the KD 1. The signature strap introduced on the 2 would become a mainstay of the KD franchise. The shoe had a lightweight and supportive upper. The Zoom Air cushioning offered optimal responsiveness. The KD 2 offered a clean and simple design. Nike sold the KD 2 originally for $85 at retail. That incredible price point for a signature basketball sneaker made them popular and in demand when released. The KD 2 also had many memorable colorways that to this day are sought-after.

KD 2


In 2016, Durant made the biggest decision of his career. When KD decided to join the Golden State Warriors in the summer of 2016 the sports world went mad. Many were excited to see the all-star join the powerhouse team. Many others were critical of the decision. The Warriors already won a title before KD joined, and the Golden State squad that he joined, just eliminated KD and his OKC team from the playoffs just a few months prior.

Despite the criticism, KD’s time in Golden State was stellar. He would lead the Golden State Warriors to back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018. He also won Finals MVP in both Championship runs. KD only spent three seasons in Golden State, but those three seasons are arguably the best of his career.

kd warriors

Moving On

KD would next join the Brooklyn Nets. Despite having a strong roster around him, KD was not able to achieve playoff success with Brooklyn. He would play for Brooklyn from 2019-2023. In 2023, KD would be traded to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have been close to winning a championship the last few seasons. It is believed by many in the basketball world that Durant is the missing piece for the Suns. Can KD lead the Phoenix Suns to a championship and earn himself a third ring?


- Adam C. Better