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Kevin Durant will play in the first NBA game in Seattle since the Sonics’ exit

Kevin Durant, Warriors, Sonics

NBA basketball and Seattle are finally crossing paths again after an absence that lasted far too long. The city of Seattle is set to host their first NBA game since the Seattle Supersonics left town in 2008. The Golden State Warriors released their preseason schedule and Kevin Durant will be making a return to…

The game is set for October 5th at KeyArena, with the Warriors facing off  against the Sacramento Kings. An interesting sub plot to this story is the game will feature Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, who began his career in Seattle. Durant was selected by the Sonics with the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, and went on to win “Rookie Of The Year” in his first NBA campaign. It was obvious Durant was special right away, as he posted averages of 20.3 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game, very impressive rookie numbers for the skinny scorer out of Texas.

Unfortunately for Durant, the team relocated after his first season, and moved to Oklahoma City changing their name to the Thunder. It was a brief acquaintance between the city and Durant, but one he still talks about to this day.

Seattle remains a city that is always at the forefront of the discussion when talking about expanding the NBA, and rightly so. The Sonic first season in Seattle was all the way back in 1967, and along the way they won an NBA championship in 1979 and won the Western Conference in 1978 and again in 1996.

They boasted the likes of Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Russell Westbrook, Ray Allen Dennis Johnson and Rashard Lewis just to name a few who donned the iconic green jerseys during their time there.

When Durant learned of the possibility of having an NBA game back in Seattle in February, he was understandably excited and all for it.

“That would be amazing. Hopefully that goes through.

“The fans of Seattle definitely deserve basketball and that would be amazing. So, I’m looking forward to that.”

It would be great for the NBA to have a team back in Seattle one day, as their fans desperately miss basketball there. It’s likely either Seattle or Vegas would be a part of an NBA expansion when the time comes, as they are among the shortlist of cities always in the conversation.