Kevin Durant is an American men’s professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets. When speaking to David Letterman in a recent interview, he briefly talked about wanting to build a Call of Duty eSports team. 

Durant is a prominent investor in the esports organisation NYXL – a collective esports and gaming organisation. Back in 2021, he invested in Andbox, the ownership group of the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners. Here’s a closer look at why Kevin Durant wants to build a Call of Duty Team. 

Who is Kevin Durant?

Kevin Durant is an NBA player who currently plays in the small forward/power forward position for the Brooklyn Nets. The 33-year-old was born in Washington D.C. in September 1988, and he stands at 6 ft 10 in tall. He played college basketball for Texas from 2006-2007 before being picked second overall in the first round of the 2007 draft. He then went on to play at Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder until 2016. He played for the Golden State Warriors for the next three seasons before moving to the Brooklyn Nets in 2019. 

He has been an NBA Championship winner on two separate occasions (2017 and 2018), and he was also the NBA Finals’ most valuable player (MVP) in the same two years. Durant has been an NBA All-Star a total of 12 times, high-scoring champion, and rookie of the year, to name just a few personal honours. He also considers himself an avid video game player, and one of his favourite games is the Call of Duty series. He even appears as himself in some of today’s best mobile games, one of which is a popular basketball game called NBA 2K. 

Building an eSports Call of Duty team

Kevin Durant will build a Call of Duty team to rival some of eSports best ever teams, such as CompLexity/Evil Geniuses (Ghosts), CompLexity (Black Ops 2), Atlanta FaZe (Cold War), Fariko Impact (Black Ops 2), and OpTic Gaming (Advanced Warfare). It may take time, but he plans to invest wisely in a team and reach the top. If his venture into the world of eSports can be half as successful as his basketball career has so far been, then he should certainly be able to create a team that can rival esports’ best-ever teams. 

What is Call of Duty?

The Call of Duty video game franchise is one of the most successful video game series in the history of gaming. The series consists of 19 individual titles, some of which include Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Call of Duty: WW II, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. You can play these popular first-person shooter games across multiple devices (e.g., Xbox, Playstation, PC and mobile/smartphone), and the cost of individual games tend to range from around $10 (preowned) up to around $80 (brand new). The aim of these games is to defeat your enemies by using your weapons while trying to avoid getting killed by your enemies.