The Seattle SuperSonics no longer exist, with the once-popular NBA team moving to Oklahoma to play in Oklahoma City.
Before the team made a move down south, the franchise was able to bring in a bonafide superstar in the form of Kevin Durant out of the University of Texas.
Although Durant was a risky pick at the time due to his skinny frame and the media doubting whether he’d be able to deal with the physicality of the NBA, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft turned out to be a game-changer for the soon-to-be Oklahoma City Thunder.
On this day 16 years ago, the SuperSonics/Thunder brought in one of the best players in league history, who now has an incredible resume more than a decade-and-a-half later, via StatMuse.
16 years ago today, Kevin Durant was drafted by the Seattle Super Sonics. He’s put together an all-time resume:
— 13x All-Star
— 10x All-NBA
— 2x Champ
— 2x FMVP
— NBA Top 75
5th all-time in PPG. pic.twitter.com/orzNinfOTl
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 28, 2023
Durant, soon to be paired with fellow superstar Russell Westbrook, didn’t take long to turn the franchise around and build the Thunder into a legitimate title contender in the Western Conference.
Unfortunately, Durant and Westbrook were never able to put the championship puzzle together in Seattle or Oklahoma City, with the superstar duo always coming up short despite deep runs in the NBA playoffs and one appearance in the NBA Finals.
Although he’s not the same player he once was and has battled a lot of injuries over the past few years, Durant is hoping to win a third title, as he is now playing alongside fellow superstars Devin Booker and Bradley Beal on the Phoenix Suns.NEXT: Fans React To Today's Nikola Vucevic News