Kevin Durant grew up wanting to play for the Toronto Raptors

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Every little kid who plays basketball dreams of one day playing in the NBA. They dream of hitting the game-winning shot and playing for their favorite team.

Kevin Durant grew up wanting to play for the Toronto Raptors.

Kevin Durant wanted to play for the Toronto Raptors as a young player growing up in Washington, D.C.

“They were a new team when I was growing up, so I wanted to be a part of that,” Durant said.

Durant was a big fan of Vince Carter, who played for the Raptors from 1998-2004.

“His enthusiasm he showed, just his athleticism, and how he brought Toronto from being one of the newer teams in the league to almost going to the finals,” Durant said. “He changed the culture there in Toronto.”

via RealGM

It’s ironic how Durant wanted to go to a newer franchise that he could make a name for and change the culture of. It’s basically what he’s doing in Oklahoma City.

It’s something that separates Durant from other stars in the league. He really feels this way and cares about this. It’s the whole family atmosphere and being a part of something. In a way, it may mean more to him than winning a title, although that is still always the ultimate goal.

This is a characteristic that will set Durant apart from other superstars. It’s like what Tim Duncan possesses in San Antonio. It will give Durant a kind of strength that some stars won’t be able to match.

If there wasn’t already enough reasons to adore Durant in OKC, here is another. He just can’t do or say anything wrong.

Topics: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors

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