The 2009-10 season would prove to be the turning point that put Kevin Durant’s name on the map. The team success was certainly aided by rookie James Harden on board and a full-season to run Scott Brooks faster-paced offense (Brooks took over the previous season after P.J. Carlesimo was let go.) This season also saw more basketball fans take notice of Durant’s sneaker line. The somewhat generic KD 1 design didn’t draw too much buzz, but the KD 2 sure did with a midfoot strap that Durant loved enough to request the lockdown-feature on future KD models.
This style didn’t get unveiled until February 2010, at which point Durant was assured to get his first All-Star selection with a massively improved win-record. The Thunder would finish the season with 50 wins, more than doubling the previous year’s record. Kevin would also win his first of many scoring titles, averaging 30.1 points per game.
The Thunder would end up facing the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round in a showcase of future vs. present. The team impressed fans around the world with their composure, with OKC’s big three bringing playoff intensity as shown during an 8-0 run capped by a KD three-pointer.
The OKC Thunder eventually lost the series 4-2, but the star power of Harden, Westbrook, and Kevin Durant showed promise for the years to come.