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The History Of The Nike KD 4

The Nike KD 4 is one of the most popular models from the Nike and Durant collaboration. The 4 debuted in 2011. Learn more about the Nike KD 4 below.


The 2011-2012 season was the best season so far for KD and his Oklahoma Thunder teammates. They would face the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. Despite his team falling to Miami, the campaign helped solidify Durant as one of the games top players.

kd 2012 NBA Finals

KD 4

The Nike KD 4 featured a mid-foot strap, a popular piece of the KD series. The 4 showcased a new Adaptive Fit system. It featured Hyperfuse construction and Zoom Air. The KD 4 had a plethora of special colorways. Colorways that told stories regarding Durant and his basketball career. Some of the most popular silhouettes included the “Nerf,” “Weatherman,” “All-Star,” and “Year of the Dragon.” One of the things that made the first 3 KD releases so popular was the affordable price point. The 4 followed that tradition as it retailed for under $100.

KD 4


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