Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is one of my favorite players in the NBA, and now I have another reason why.

Sure, he's a great player, one I would actually pay to watch. But it's the fact that he's so authentic that really makes him one of my favorites.

Unlike a lot of phonies in the league -- no names, of course -- this guy is as real as it gets. I haven't spent a lot of time around him, but I've talked to people who have, and they say he's totally down-to-earth, not the least bit pretentious. All he cares about is the team.