Before Kevin Durant was NBA MVP

On Wednesday night, Kevin Durant hoisted his new NBA Most Valuable Player trophy before the home crowd in Oklahoma City and then promptly went off for 32 points to lead the Thunder to a much-needed Game 2 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

It was the type of offensive showcase that earned Durant his first MVP award this season, and the type of explosive scoring ability he displayed in one year at Montrose Christian. Durant, who was born in D.C. and grew up in Prince George’s County, averaged 23.6 points per game as a senior in 2005-06 to propel the Mustangs to a 20-2 record.

In a season-ending win over national No. 1 Oak Hill Academy, Durant (31 points) out-dueled Ty Lawson (26 points). But it was Adrian Bowie who corralled a missed contested Durant three-pointer and banked in the buzzer-beating game-winner to give Montrose a wild 74-72 victory and hand Oak Hill its first defeat. Durant had played at Oak Hill the year prior.

Montrose finished the year tied with DeMatha for the No. 1 spot in The Post’s rankings (really? a tie?!?), and Durant earned another form of MVP — All-Met Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.

Here’s a look at the cover of that year’s All-Met section. (And yes, it’s supposed to be blurry.)


(The Washington Post)

If you haven’t had a chance to watch Durant’s moving MVP acceptance speech from earlier this week, watch it here.

More on Durant’s first MVP:

Durant destroys LeBron James in MVP race

Watch Durant call his mother ‘the real MVP’ in acceptance speech

Durant goes from ‘Mr. Unreliable’ to ‘Kevin Up’

Durant lands on NBA 2K15 video game cover

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