Kevin Durant Named NBA Elite Cover Athlete

by Matt Bertz on Jun 22, 2010 at 09:30 AM

Today EA Sports announced that Seattle Supersonics Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant has been named the cover athlete for NBA Elite 11.

Durant rose to prominence in meteoric fashion on the college scene, being named the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year and the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year as the star player on the Texas Longhorns. After just one season at Texas, Durant opted for the NBA draft and came out of the gates on fire, averaging 20.3 points on his way to being named Rookie of the Year. In just his third professional year, Durant carried the formerly win-deprived Oklahoma City franchise to its first playoff birth since being unceremoniously extricated from the basketball-crazed town of Seattle by disgruntled owner Clay Bennett. Averaging 30.1 points per game over the course of the season, Durant became the youngest player in league history to lead the NBA in scoring.

“I’ve always been a fan of EA SPORTS,” Durant told EA Sports for a press release statement provided to us by EA Sports. “This has been an exciting year for me and the team, and capping it off with being on the cover of NBA ELITE 11 is cool.”