Kevin Durant's latest edition of signature shoes is set to release Saturday, and this version will pay homage to the Native American community.
The Nike Zoom KDV N7 will be turquoise and black with traces of yellow.
This will be the second time Durant has had a special N7 version of his shoe.
Nike N7 is a project launched by Nike in 2009, and it has raised more than $2 million for Native American and Aboriginal youth sports programs. A portion of those funds have benefited Oklahoma-based groups such as the Native Youth Sports Foundation, which oversees the Jim Thorpe Games and the Ottawa County Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Playing in Oklahoma City has connected me to the mission of Nike N7 and the meaningful impact that it has with Native Americans here and across North America, Durant said in a Nike press release. “The new N7 KDV is very special. I believe in the power of sport to change lives, and I support helping youth in Native American communities experience the positive benefits of being physically active.”
WESTBROOK, DURANT RANKED AS TOP FIVE PLAYERS
A panel of 111 ESPN.com and ESPN affiliated writers and analysts rated each of the league's players to identify the top 30, and the Thunder's Durant and Russell Westbrook both ranked in the top five.
Durant ranked second behind LeBron James, while Westbrook ranked fifth. Chris Paul ranked third, and Kobe Bryant ranked fourth.
The website annually lists its rankings for all NBA players in the summer but concluded the unveiling of an amended and abbreviated list this week.
SEFOLOSHA SINKS 100TH 3-POINTER
Guard Thabo Sefolosha made four of eight 3-pointers Tuesday at Utah, giving him 100 made 3s this season.
It's the first time Sefolosha has made at least 100 3s in any season. His previous high for a season was 41, set during the 2009-10 season.
Sefolosha is shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range, a connection rate that trails only his 43.7 percent accuracy from last year.
Thanks in large part to Sefolosha's improvement, the Thunder has shot up from the 11th ranked 3-point shooting team last year at 35.8 percent to the third best 3-point shooting team this year at 38.1 percent.
Durant on finishing one assist shy of his fourth triple-double Tuesday — “It's all good, brother. We won the basketball game.”
The Thunder has faced Warriors center Andrew Bogut just three times since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and hasn't faced him since Nov. 20, 2010, when he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Bogut has played in only 42 games since the start of the 2011-12 season due to various injuries. He is averaging 6.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocked and 25.3 minutes this season. … For the first time, fans can vote on Twitter to help determine the winner of the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the voting period. The tweet must include a player's first and last name, along with the hashtag #KiaMVP. The combined fan vote on Twitter and NBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote will count as one vote, with the remaining 122 votes coming from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Voting is open from now until April 18. … Serge Ibaka has made 31 of his last 46 shots and has averaged 13.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots in the past five games.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY