Kevin Durant has already carved a lane for himself as one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA today. Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder not making it past the second round of the basketball post-season, KD came very close to his 4th NBA Scoring Title of his career; falling second to Carmelo Anthony this past season by a fraction of a point in averages.
Durant's weapon on the court was the KD V; his fifth signature sneaker with Nike and the first hightop of the collection. Just like his game, there are subtle nuances to Durant's sneaker selection for this past season. The differences between two different pairs of the KD V were so small that it went unnoticed by many that there was more than one 'Home' colorway of last season's Kevin Durant sneaker.
Before the start of the post season, Durant played one game in each of the two Nike KD V Elite pairs that he wore during the NBA Playoffs. For those unaware, the Nike Elite basketball sneaker series takes the current, premiere shoe and upgrades them in time for the playoffs.
Take a look as a complete breakdown of Kevin Durant's statistical averages in every sneaker he wore during the '12-'13 NBA season in order of appearance.
Nike KD V "Away"
Games Played: 17
Dates Worn: 11/1, 11/12, 11/16, 11/23, 11/24, 12/1, 12/19, 12/29, 1/6, 1/11, 1/13, 1/14, 1/20, 1/22, 1/23, 1/25
Top Scoring Game: 42 vs. Lakers (W)
Notes: The "Away" colorway of the KD V follows tradition with a primarily black upper paired with minimal team color hits on the sole, always reppin'.
Nike KD V "Home" (Blue Outsole)
Games Played: 22
Dates Worn: 11/2, 11/4, 11/6, 11/9, 11/11, 11/14, 11/18, 11/21, 11/26, 11/28, 11/30, 12/4, 12/7, 12/9, 12/12, 12/14, 12/17, 12/27, 1/2, 1/4, 1/9, 1/16
Top Scoring Game: 40 vs. Mavericks (W)
Notes: Differences between this PE and the pair sold in stores were so minor that many people didn't even know Durant wore two different "Home" KD Vs this past season.
Nike KD V "Navy"
Games Played: 5
Dates Worn: 12/20, 12/31, 1/7, 1/18, 1/27
Top Scoring Game: 52 vs. Mavericks (W)
Notes: When the Oklahoma City Thunder debuted their navy uniforms, Kevin Durant was ready with this simple pair of the KD V. Would-be sneaker designers with an eye for detail were able to re-create this one through the Nike iD sneaker customization program.
Nike KD V "Christmas"
Games Played: 1
Date Worn: 12/25
Notes: Inspired by video games (something KD has become known for spending a lot of time participating in) the pixelated design was an underused option when the V was an available customizing option.
Nike KD V "Home" (Orange Outsole)
Games Played: 24
Dates Worn: 1/31, 2/4, 2/6, 2/8, 2/22, 2/24, 2/27, 3/5, 3/10, 3/13, 3/19, 3/24, 3/27, 4/4, 4/7
Top Scoring Game: 34 vs. Nuggets (L)
Notes: This is the "Home" version of the KD V that was sold in stores.
Nike KD V "Gradient"
Games Played: 11
Dates Worn: 2/2, 2/10, 2/20, 3/3, 3/7, 3/8, 3/11, 3/15, 3/17, 3/20, 3/22
Top Scoring Game: 34 vs. Knicks (W)
Notes: An interesting fact about this particular colorway isn't the same as the sample pairs that made their way around. The game-worn pair features orange to blue from heel to toe while the PE is reversed.
Nike KD V "Something Camo"
Games Played: 2
Dates Worn: 2/12, 3/1
Top Scoring Game: 33 vs. Jazz (W)
Notes: Maybe a tiger camo print, Durant didn't keep this unreleased KD V to himself as Kendrick Perkins laced up against the Jazz to match Durant.
Nike KD V "Aunt Pearl"
Games Played: 1
Date Worn: 2/14
Notes: Appropriately worn on Valentines Day in 2013, the "Aunt Pearl" was another tribute to Kevin Durant's aunt who was lost to breast cancer. Make sure to check any pair of KDs that you have carefully, you might still be able to find the WP initialized logo into a heart somewhere on the rubber in the sole.
Nike KD V "Alternate"
Games Played: 3
Dates Worn: 3/29, 3/30, 4/9
Top Scoring Game:: 36 vs. Timberwolves (L)
Notes: The colorway on this KD V PE is another variation of the Oklahoma City Thunder uniform colors and one of the best OKC-colored sneakers in the entire Nike Kevin Durant series so far. Two different hued Hyperfuse layers make up the upper that sits on a black midsole with subtle paint speckles. These are perfect.
Nike KD V "N7"
Games Played: 1
Date Worn: 4/11/2013
Notes: Interestingly, the only time that Kevin Durant wore the KD V "N7" was against the Warriors with Jarrett Jack wearing the Zoom KD IV "N7".
Nike KD V Elite "Away"
Colorway: Black/Photo Blue-Tour Yellow
Games Played: 5
Dates Worn: 4/12, 4/27, 4/29, 5/13, 5/15
Nike KD V Elite "Home"
Colorway: White/Tour Yellow-Photo Blue
Games Played: 7
Dates Worn: 4/15, 4/21, 4/24, 5/3, 5/5, 5/7, 5/15
Top Scoring Game: 38 vs. Houston (L)
Notes: In a colorway that doesn't match any Oklahoma City Thunder uniforms, a percentage of the profits from this sneaker went to aid those participating in the relief efforts from the destructive tornados Oklahoma faced in 2013.