After large expectations fell short the previous year, a flip seemed to switch for the 2013-14 season. After his seventh season concluded, Kevin said that he’s seen every form of defense thrown his way and knew they won’t be able to stop him. This increased confidence propelled KD to arguably the best individual season of his career.
This success also translated to Durant’s sneakers flying off shelves, as sales for the Nike KD 6 jumped up 400% in the U.S., according to research firm SportsOneSource. This is even more impressive when you consider that the retail price for the KD 6 jumped up to $130. Durant’s sixth signature shoe might just be the most unique, with a very low collar height and the asymmetrical lacing system standing out.
The tried-and-true setup of a heel Air unit and forefoot Zoom Air unit remained, which contrasted the big change with the Hyperfuse upper. The plastic-like material remained but was significantly thinner to make the upper lightweight for quick steps. To prevent tearing, Flywire strands were integrated within the synthetic Hyperfuse to add structure and better lockdown. Come postseason time, the KD 6 (alongside Kobe and LeBron models) received a makeover, with the Elite version featuring a full-length Zoom Air unit. This along with other upgrades upped the price to $200.
The 2013-14 season would ultimately belong to Durant, who once again claimed the scoring title, averaging 32 points that year. KD also averaged 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and a block per game. His production still came with high efficiency, joining the 50-40-90 club with 51% on field goals, 41.6% from three, and 90.5% on free throws.
The entire year featured a two-man MVP race, with KD once again jousting with LeBron James for league supremacy. By April, James even conceded that Durant had a more consistent season and deserved the trophy. Of course, Durant did win the award with his famous MVP speech highlighted by his tear-filled proclamation that his mom was the real MVP (which then sparked “you the real MVP” memes across the Internet.) In contrast to the 2012 NBA Finals though, these Wanda Durant tears came from a place of happiness and admiration.