Texas Ex Kevin Durant becomes UT's fifth NBA champion

Former Longhorn Kevin Durant isn’t just bringing home a championship trophy for the Golden State Warriors. He’s also bringing it home to his alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin.

After his 10 years in the NBA, Durant earned his first-ever championship on Monday after a 129-120 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five.

He is joining a list of four other Longhorns with NBA championship titles:

-Tristan Thompson in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers

-Cory Joseph in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs

-Dexter Pittman in 2012 with the Miami Heat

-And five-time titleholder Slater Martin with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958, and with the Minneapolis Lakers in 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1954

This is Durant’s first year with the Warriors following an eight-year stint with Oklahoma City. He entered the NBA in 2007 for a single season with Seattle.

He had a banner year during the 2006-07 NCAA season with UT, where he earned numerous awards including the AP Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year, the Naismith Award, the Rupp Trophy and many more. UT finished in third place in the Big 12 and reached the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

To add to his long list of titles, Durant was also named the 2017 NBA Finals MVP — a feat that has only been accomplished by Magic Johnson and Moses Malone. Durant ended the finals with an average 35.2 points per game, a 55.6 shooting percentage and averages of 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists. 

He earned his first seasonal MVP title in the NBA in 2014 when he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player, after finishing in second place three times.

Durant’s No. 35 UT jersey was retired in 2009, joining Texas Exes Slater Martin (No. 15) and T.J. Ford (No. 11).

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