Looking back at Kevin Durant’s rookie season may lead to a few confused faces. For one, Kevin Durant was drafted and played for the Seattle Supersonics before the team moved to Oklahoma City. Another unfamiliar sight is KD’s footwear, which was not a part of Durant’s signature sneaker line. Nike had gone all out in signing Kevin, with a 7-year, 60 million dollar deal inked in 2007. Since sneakers typically take 9-12 months to develop, Durant had to wear takedown sneakers during his inaugural 2007-08 season. This includes the Nike Air Zoom Huarache Elite II, a common sneaker at the time that also featured Air Max and Shox versions. The pair that Durant showcased the state of Nike Basketball at the time, with Zoom Air cushioning embedded in a hefty midsole, and synthetic leathers utilized on the upper. Flash forward to the KD 9 and the build of basketball shoes have completely changed (more on that later.)
While Durant could’ve used a lighter shoe to help with his thin frame, KD still got buckets during his rookie season. Just two weeks into his young career, KD even hit a game-winner in double overtime against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Nike Air Zoom Huarache Elite II is unavailable at retailers.