- Kevin Durant scored 27 points in his home debut for the Seattle Supersonics
- He also scored 27 points in his home debut for the Golden State Warriors
- He made his home debut for the Brooklyn Nets in 2020, dropping 22 points
The long wait is finally over.
Kevin Durant made his much-anticipated home debut for the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The two-time NBA champion scored 16 points in the Suns’ 107-100 win.
How did that compare to his home debuts for his last three NBA teams? Sports Brief looks at Durant’s first home games with the Sonics, Warriors, and Nets.
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It is incredible to think that Durant’s first home game in the NBA came for a team that no longer exists in the league.
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The University of Texas star started his career with the Seattle Supersonics, who selected him second overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Durant didn’t disappoint in his first game in front of the Seattle faithful, scoring 27 points in a 106-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns, per ESPN.
The 19-year-old shot 11 of 23 from the field, including 2 of 6 from beyond the arc.
Durant also had five rebounds and six turnovers. It was bittersweet for Sonics fans as they only got to enjoy Durant for one season, with owner Clay Bennett relocating the team to Oklahoma City.
Golden State Warriors
Durant sent shockwaves across the NBA in 2016 when he joined the Golden State Warriors.
He left the Oklahoma City Thunder after they squandered a 3-1 series lead against the Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals.
Interestingly, the Warriors also had a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals but failed to close the deal against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The two parties decided that joining forces would be the best way to avoid such a thing from happening again.
Durant made his home debut for the Warriors on October 25, 2016. He scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds in a 129-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Durant shot 11 of 18 from the field and made his first four attempts.
Durant moved to Brooklyn in 2019 after a highly successful stint in the Bay Area. He reached the Finals in all three seasons with Golden State, winning back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.
They were denied a three-peat in 2019 after Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He did not play the entire 2019-20 season as he recovered from the injury.
Durant made his home debut for the Nets on December 22, 2020, with Brooklyn taking on his former team Golden State.
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He scored 22 points in his first official outing since injuring his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The Nets cruised to a 125-99 win over the Warriors.
Durant struggled in his first home game for the Suns, shooting just 5 of 18 from the field in 29 minutes.
He missed his first six field goal attempts on Wednesday night. He made his first bucket with 5:23 remaining in the second quarter.
The fans and teammates didn’t mind Durant’s poor shooting. They were just happy to have him back playing again. He finished the game with 16 points.
Suns' reserves step up
Sports Brief recently reported on the Suns' win over the Jazz.
Phoenix's reserves stepped up in this contest, scoring a total of 57 points.
They outscored Utah's bench by 32 points.