This is not how the story was supposed to end for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.   If there is one thing that NBA history has taught us, it’s that every great team has to overcome great adversity before they reach the top of the mountain.  For Michael Jordan and the Bulls, it was the Detroit Pistons.  For Kobe and Shaq and the Lakers, it was the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs.  For LeBron James, it was the Boston Celtics.  For Kevin Durant, it was going to be the Miami Heat.  But you know how the saying goes when everything that could go wrong…

Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.  If someone had told you that before the season started, the first thing you probably would have thought was someone in the Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden triumvirate was injured.  And you would be right on one count, but the part that would have shocked you was that Harden was no longer a part of the Thunder.  The move that shook the league back in October is still being felt to this day, mostly by Durant.

In his sixth NBA season, Kevin Durant was poised to finally break down the walls.  Hard to think of a player of Durant’s stature would still need to have a breakthrough season, but he said it himself in the now-infamous Sports Illustrated cover, he was tired of being second.  To reflect Durant’s change, Nike built a campaign around him and the Nike Zoom KD 5 as the superstar and sneaker that wasn’t nice.  It showed in his game (way more vicious than he’s ever been) and in his attitude (way more technical fouls than he’s ever had); this was a determined and hardened Kevin Durant that was on a mission to finally get over and be first.  Now he has to deal with not only another lost season, but the irony of losing in the second round.

And now we’re left with more questions about Durant and the Thunder than ever before.  Is Scott Brooks the right coach for the Thunder next season?  Will Russell Westbrook fully recover?  Why is Kendrick Perkins still playing?  Should Patrick Beverley consider witness protection? Is that really the Nike Zoom KD 6? What were the top 10 KD 5s that Durant wore this season?  Well, we have the answer to at least one of those question.  Enjoy our picks of the Top 10 Nike Zoom KD 5s worn by KD himself…

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10. Nike Zoom KD 5 PE