He wears No. 35 as a tribute to his childhood coach and mentor Charles Craig, who was murdered at the age of 35.
2005, Durant’s mentor and first basketball coach was tragically murdered. Charles Craig was just 35 years old, and Durant has worn this number ever since in his honour. Not only did Craig, or Big Chucky as he was also known, teach Durant all the fundamentals, he was also a mentor off the court. He would give him money or a place to stay when his mom was working, becoming almost like a father to Durant and helping him to become the man he is today.