College, High School, NBA, NBA Draft / Sep 8, 2009 / 9:00 am

Dime #51: The Rise of Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant, Dime #51

Summer is a good time to realize you’re getting old. The knees hurt a little more after outdoor pickup games; the beach abs take more than eight minutes to get in presentable shape; and the honeys your age start looking less and less like the ones who draw all the attention on the street.

Putting together Dime #51 during the hottest part of the summer, we found this issue to be alarmingly young. Our cover guy, Kevin Durant, turns all of 21 years old this month. Eric Gordon, who also has a prominent feature in the issue, doesn’t turn 21 until December. And the anchor of Dime #51 is our giant fashion photo spread with the ’09 NBA rookie class, whom we shot at the Dime/Levi’s Draft Suite during the biggest week of these players’ lives. From Blake Griffin to James Harden to Tyreke Evans to Jonny Flynn to Terrence Williams, it’s a collection of guys either barely old enough or not yet old enough to drink legally.

Putting Durant on his second Dime cover was an idea that had been floating around our editorial meetings for the last year or so. When we finally decided to pull the trigger, the timing couldn’t have been better. We shot KD in late-July in Las Vegas, at the same time he was blowing everyone’s socks off (how’s that for an old-man reference?) at the Team USA mini-camp. Going in, everyone knew Durant could get buckets, but after showing his complete game against some of the League’s top young stars, he took the hype surrounding him to a new level. Associate Editor Austin Burton penned the KD cover story, finding a man who is infinitely more comfortable with his stardom than he was when he graced the cover of Dime #32 in college, one who is committed to lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to the top of the League now that he’s found some stability in what has been a crazy three-year stint in the spotlight.

Also in this issue, Danny Granger breaks down his signature moves in the “Ballers Blueprint,” Scottie Pippen sits down for a Q&A, we’ve got mini-features on a handful of the rookies featured in the Draft Suite spread (Flynn, Harden, Jrue Holiday and more), and we’ve got some of the hottest kicks on the market in our “Styles Upon Styles” photo spread. Whether you’re shoe-shopping for back to school this month or just back to basketball, we’ve got you covered.

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  • S-SiN

    Agreed. Feeling old sucks.

    When will #51 be available online?

  • jzsmoove

    I had to re-think that line, some of them are barely legal to drink. I forgot its 21 in the States. Legal age in Toronto is 19. I usually dont think straight while reading my morning Smack, and thinking that Durant, Griffin, etc are only 19 yrs old gave me a jolt.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    @S-SiN –

    New digital Dime + Bounce should be available later on today. We will let everyone know when the issues are live.

  • Thats my boy Blue

    Im an international subscriber so I can look forward to this round December or the All star break. The digital version is put up before I even get mine.

  • Shaw32

    I like players that get buckets so while melo and pierce are to of my favorites everytime i watch durant i start thinking man i love his game.

  • STAT

    Dope cover

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks King Cooper

    Sick! KD is the man, he’s about to go nuts this year. 30 points a night? Book it.

  • Soopa

    The look in Durants eyes says it all. Cant you see him giving people ‘The Stare’ a la MJ?

  • Hoss

    I respect y’all for giving Eric Gordon some of that shine too.

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  • Abe504

    why am i paying for dime mag when u guys are just givin it away online for free??????

  • Chuck

    KD–my favorito since his first game at Texas. Envision him with 10 more pounds in a year and with kids who finally learn how to pass it to him. He will be one of the 10 best of all time within 3 years. He is a freak of nature made for our time and is driven to improve.