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Things Kevin Durant Has Been First in

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against teh Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 21, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Rockets 120-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2013

Kevin Durant is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, with a giant quote behind him lamenting how he has been second his whole life.

Many in the sports world are talking about how cool it is:

My first reaction, though? Give me a break, Kevin.

Yeah, coming in second in the championship hunt last year probably sucked, but don't give me this spiel about how you've been second your whole life, or how being the second pick in the NBA draft was so terrible. I'd say it worked out pretty good for you, huh?

In fact, Durant seems to be skipping over quite a few things that he's been first in.

He finished first in the McDonald's All-American Game MVP voting (although tied with Chase Budinger, so take that as you will).

He was the first freshman to earn consensus National Player of the Year honors.

He finished first in Rookie of the Year voting.

He was the first player to win the H.O.R.S.E. competition at the All-Star Game. Hell, he was the only player to win.

He finished first in the race for the scoring title three years in a row.

He won an Olympic gold medal and holds the record for the most total points in the Olympics.

He was the first NBA player to star in a movie about a kid magically attaining his basketball talent. Wait, never mind.

Regardless, I would say Kevin Durant has had it pretty good. Maybe start focusing on the positives, eh Kev Kev?

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