It's hard to argue that former Longhorn star Kevin Durant isn't the most popular Warrior in Austin -- until you meet 9-year old Jack Mudlaff.

Jack has Down Syndrome and has endured 10 different surgeries for other medical problems in his short life.

Two weeks prior to Jack's birth, doctors informed his parents that he had Down Syndrome and Duodenal Atresia, adding he was not 'compatible' with life. After additional testing, doctors strongly encouraged his parents to terminate the pregnancy.

They refused, and Jack was born at 32.5 weeks.

If surviving is a success in its own right, his ability to play sports is a monumental achievement.

"We were all so excited that we could have Jack on the team," said Brady Srncik, one of Jack's friends.

Before this basketball season, Brady and his fellow teammates invited Jack to join.

Their goal was more than him simply participating - they wanted him to score.

The first couple of games had their ups and downs, but no points for Jack.

But this past weekend, Jack's big moment came when he hit a lay-up, evoking a massive response from everybody in the gym. His teammates ran over to congratulate him, his opponents - both on the court and the bench - cheered along. Even the ref was clapping as he ran down the court.

"Happy," answered Jack when asked about his big moment.

The final score meant little.

"We were losing that game - we didn't end up winning but it still felt really good. It felt really like we won," said his teammates after practice days later.

That celebration has carried over, where every Jack bucket turns into a party.

"He's just been talking non stop about it, and we've been reminding him "you made the shot" and he's like "I win!," added another teammate.

At recess, the team did mock interviews with Jack -- even pretending to act as his security guard.

"What an impact a simple lay-up can have. To see not only the kids, the other coaches, the referees, and also the fans all at once just cheer together, and to celebrate that, I think was the best part," said Layne Srncik, the team's coach.

Still, for every way Jack is special. At the end of the day, Srncik views him simply as one of the boys.

"Jack is a Golden State Warrior, just like the other nine kids are Golden State Warriors," Srncik said.

It's a fitting team name for a kid who keeps battling, and won't stop scoring.