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The History Of The Nike KD 5

Kevin Durant’s fifth signature sneaker was released in 2012. The KD 5 came equipped with some of Nike’s best technology at the time. Learn more about the KD 5 below.

KD 5

The KD 5 features a mid-cut design. The 5 was without the KD line’s iconic foot strap. KD’s fifth shoe had a visible Max Air unit in the heel. There is Zoom Air in the forefront and a Phylon midsole. The KD 5 was offered in two different styles/cuts. There was the standard Nike KD 5, and the KD 5 as the “Team Elite” version. The Team Elite version was low-cut and had some modified upgrades. The KD 5 was the most expensive shoe in the series at this point.

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Pro Career

KD would be selected by the now defunct Seattle Supersonics with the second pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. His rookie season, and sole season in Seattle, was impressive. He proved to the basketball world that he was a star. He easily brought home the NBA Rookie of the Year award and gave Sonics fans hope for the future.

The hope KD provided Sonics fans was unfortunately short lived. The Seattle Supersonics franchise left Seattle, right after his rookie season, due to disputes with the city over a new stadium to play in. The Sonics, along with their young superstar Durant, would relocate to Oklahoma City and become the Thunder.

KD became a superstar in Oklahoma City. He was a multiple time all-star and brought home an MVP Trophy in 2014. Personal success was achieved by KD as a member of the Thunder. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma City Thunder could not bring home a Championship Trophy while KD was a member of the squad.

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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.


- Adam C. Better

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