He's got the fame, the fortune and in short order has made something of his family name.
He's Kevin Durant, the newest member of NBA royalty.
He's a special breed of blueblood. He wasn't born of it but built of it, using each of these past six seasons to solidify himself as one of the game's true greats.
He's won scoring titles and Olympic gold, become a perennial All-Star and the league's hardest-working pitchman.
He's got a mogul for an agent and a WNBA player for a fiancée.
He's got signature shoes, classic commercials and more money than he can spend.
He's got everything but the crown, a coronation that, fittingly, still to this day comes complete with a ring for all in his growing kingdom to kneel and kiss.
That's one of the reasons Kevin Durant isn't caught up in his soaring status.
“I always think back to when I didn't have nothing,” the Thunder star said. “All I was doing was just playing basketball for the love; just because I wanted to be great. I wanted to grow into this great player. I had something in my head I wanted to get to. I'm not there yet by any means. But to walk down the path and know that you're close…”
“To know what hard work means, to me, I think that's the biggest thing; and to know that the future, if you continue to keep working and keeping learning, is bright.”
You'll quickly learn that's the root of Durant's success.
“He hasn't changed much and that's a good thing,” said teammate Thabo Sefolosha. “With all the success that he's had he's still working extremely hard. He's a humble guy, and I think that's one thing that goes for him on and off the basketball court.”
The fame and fortune, in Durant's eyes, are ancillary benefits. He'll be the first to tell you his focus never was on securing those things.
“I never thought I would be here,” Durant admits. “I dreamt about it every night and I put in the work every day. But to go over to Rome and hear people chanting my name; people standing outside for three or four hours just to see me walk past for 30 seconds, that's still overwhelming. I appreciate it every step of the way but it's always been about basketball with me. That stuff, don't get me wrong, I'm never taking it for granted but that's all it's been about.”
“He's grown up in front of all of our eyes,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “The moment we take him for granted, shame on us.”