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The Oklahoma City Thunder are part of a dying breed in the NBA. A team made out of patience and not a short term superstar alliance, the Thunder have been built by savy trades, great draft picks and good old fashioned patience. “The Zombie Sonics” no more, Oklahoma has one of the loudest and most passionate fanbases in the league and might just be able to earn their first ever NBA Finals berth this season. Here is the Thunder preview.
Key Player: Russell Westbrook. If Westbrook has improved his shooting/shot selection the Thunder are going to be a serious threat in the West. If Westbrook wants to be the star of this team there might be a Kobe/Shaq like problem in OKC.
Why The Thunder Will Win The Title: The Thunder have the perfect combination of dynamic guards, a superstar scorer at swingman and hard playing, defensively sound post players in Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Combine that with a loud building at home and an extra year of experience and the Thunder have a serious arguement for being a favorite in the West.
MVP: Kevin Durant. Might actually be the NBA MVP this season if the Thunder have a solid regular season.
Why You Should Watch the Thunder: If you love good basketball, athletic play and seeing one of the game’s best scorers, you should probably watch the Thunder.
Key Additions: None
Key Departures: None. Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, and Thabo Sefolosha remain unsigned.
Role Player Love: Byron Mullens deserves a shout out for playing prison ball during the off-season.
Sixth Man of the Year: Nick Collision and his hard fouls and rebounding.
Questionable Salary: Nate Robinson still has the 4th highest salary on a team that is going to win a division and had multiple DNP-CD’s in the playoffs. Gotta love the NBA.
Prediction: Northwest Division Title.