GALLERY: Sports Illustrated Best Photos of Kevin Durant

Sports Illustrated and SIKids present their best photos of Kevin Durant through the years.
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Kevin Durant made headlines in July 2016 when he announced that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to go play for the Golden State Warriors. The 2007-08 Rookie of the Year and 2013-14 MVP will join a team that already has stars in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, making the Warriors an early favorite to win the NBA title.

As we wait for the 2016-17 season, and in recognition of Durant's 28th birthday (on Sept. 29, 2016), here are SI's best photographs of the four-time NBA scoring champion (followed by a separate gallery of Durant over the years).

GALLERY: SI PHOTOS OF KEVIN DURANT

GALLERY: CLASSIC PHOTOS OF KEVIN DURANT