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Golden State superstar Kevin Durant becomes Texas’ fifth NBA champion

Posted June 13th, 2017

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Thanks to Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors, the University of Texas can celebrate a championship.

Durant earned his first-ever championship on Monday as Golden State recorded a 129-120 win over Cleveland. The Warriors secured the 2017 NBA Finals in five games, and Durant scored at least 30 points in each contest. Voted the MVP of the NBA’s finale, Durant had his 35.2 points per game accompanied by a 55.6 shooting percentage and averages of 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Durant joins Slater Martin, Dexter Pittman, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson as ex-Longhorns who have won NBA championships. Durant starred at Texas during the 2006-07 season.

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A Hall of Famer who joins Durant among the three men’s basketball players who had their jerseys retired at Texas, Martin won five championships in the 1950s. Pittman was inactive when Miami won a title in 2012, and Joseph was a role player for the Spurs in 2014. Last season, Thompson averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds over Cleveland’s seven-game triumph in the NBA Finals.

YearTexas ExNBA team
1950Slater MartinMinneapolis Lakers
1952Slater MartinMinneapolis Lakers
1953Slater MartinMinneapolis Lakers
1954Slater MartinMinneapolis Lakers
1958Slater MartinSt. Louis Hawks
2012Dexter PittmanMiami Heat
2014Cory JosephSan Antonio Spurs
2016Tristan ThompsonCleveland Cavaliers
2017Kevin DurantGolden State Warriors

Durant isn’t Texas’ only tie to Golden State’s championship. Center JaVale McGee is the brother of former Texas standout Imani Boyette.

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