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How Many Championship Rings Does Kevin Durant Have?

Written by: Christian Jope
Published July 4, 2023
8 min read

One of the NBA's most polarizing figures, Kevin Durant, has defined himself in basketball culture through his skill and accomplishments while maintaining one of the most polarizing personalities in the NBA. With an eye on winning over maintaining loyalty to one team, Durant has positioned himself as one of the league's top stars.

Durant's championship triumphs are matched by his influence off the court, making him one of sports' most recognizable figures. In the history of the NBA, Durant separates himself as one of the league's most talented players - with future championship success still a real possibility.

Kevin Durant Championship Rings

Kevin Durant Career Profile, Awards, & Accomplishments

Name: Kevin Wayne Durant

Position: Small Forward, Power Forward

Height: 6-10 (208 cm) 

Weight: 240 lbs (106 kg)

School: Texas

Draft: Seattle SuperSonics (2nd Pick, 2nd Overall, 2007)

  • NBA Champion (2017, 2018)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
  • NBA All-Star (2010-2019, 2021-2023)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2012, 2019)
  • All-NBA First Team (2010-2014, 2018)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2016, 2017, 2019, 2022)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
  • NBA scoring champion (2010-12, 2014)

2017: Golden State Warriors

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2016-1767-15115.6104.0115.944.430.49.66.8.495/43.1.383/12.0
League Rank1st (West)1st2nd1st7th1st1st1st1st/1st3rd/4th

After a controversial move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors, the 2016-17 season saw Kevin Durant move from championship contender to championship favorite. Averaging 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, Durant was named to the All-NBA Second Team and helped lead the Golden State Warriors back to the NBA Finals after a loss in the previous year.

Durant helped lead the Golden State Warriors to one of the most dominant post-season runs in NBA history. In the Western Conference Playoffs, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, and San Antonio Spurs with a 16-0 record. They eventually got their revenge by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in the NBA Finals, with Durant earning his first NBA Finals MVP Award.

2018: Golden State Warriors

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2017-1858-24113.6107.6113.543.529.38.07.5.503/42.8.391/11.3
League Rank2nd (West)3rd11th1st17th1st9th1st1st/1st1st/8th

After assuring that his move to the Golden State Warriors was worthwhile with a championship in 2017, Kevin Durant went on to produce another spectacular season through the 2017-18 campaign. Despite the Warriors finishing just second in the Western Conference, Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 68 games. Combining 72.8 points with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Durant led the league's highest-scoring trio.

The Warriors had a more difficult path to the NBA Finals than their previous season. While they eliminated the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans with an 8-2 record, the Houston Rockets pushed them to seven games as Durant faced former teammate James Harden. Fortunately, the Warriors established dominance over the league with a 4-0 win in the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers - earning Durant his second NBA Finals MVP Award.

Comparing Kevin Durant's Rings to the Winningest Players in NBA History

Kevin Durant's success must be noticed, despite only two NBA Championship rings throughout his career. While his success has yet to reach the heights of the NBA's greatest legends, he's proven to be competitive against some of the best of his time.

Durant may have run out of time to compete with Michael Jordan in the championship race. But with quality rivals like LeBron James and Stephen Curry, Durant has plenty of time to equal their success.

PlayerNo. of RingsYears WonTeam(s)
Bill Russell111957, 1959-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones101959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-95, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Magic Johnson51980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan51999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant52000-02, 2009-10Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James42012-13, 2016, 2020Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

Kevin Durant's NBA Finals Appearances Compared to NBA Legends

Kevin Durant's prospects of championship-level success in the NBA were identified before he entered the league. He remains one of NBA history's best scorers and has always led teams that threaten to compete for the NBA Championship. With four Finals appearances and two titles, Durant is one of NBA history's most successful stars.

PlayerFinals AppearancesYearTeam(s)
Bill Russell121957, 1959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones111958-1966, 1968-1969Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar101971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James102007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Tom Heinsohn

9

1957-1965

Boston Celtics

Magic Johnson

9

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West9

1962-1966, 1968-1970

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Ramsey

8

1957-1964

Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones81959-1966Boston Celtics
John Havlicek81963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976Boston Celtics
Bob Cousy71957-1963Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant72000-2002 2004, 2008-2010Los Angeles Lakers
James Worthy61984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991Los Angeles Lakers 
Michael Jordan61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Shaquille O'Neal61995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat
Tim Duncan61999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker52003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Larry Bird51981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987Boston Celtics

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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