NBA Previewin’: Oklahoma City Thunder

Have you checked the calendar lately?  It’s October! And there’s a special feeling in the air. The feeling of NBA action!

Yes, that time is almost upon us.  While we’re waiting, let’s embark on a journey to preview each and every team in the association.

Just so we’re clear, we won’t make any promises about how we’ll treat your beloved franchise.  We may praise them.  We may mock them.  Just be certain that we will preview them in some sort or fashion.  

Let’s delve into the Oklahoma City Thunder.

How did they fare last season? 23-59. 23 wins is more than most of the guys on this team ages. That’s a good thing right?

New additions:  James Harden (3rd pick in the draft), B.J. Mullens (24th pick in the draft), Robert Vaden (54th pick in the draft), Serge Ibaka (No. 24, 2008 draft), Ryan Bowen, Kevin Ollie, Michael Ruffin, Etan Thomas

Old news: Earl Watson, Desmond Mason, Chucky Atkins, Damien Wilkins

Who should be the starting 5?
C Nenad Krstic
PF Jeff Green
SF Kevin Durant
SG Thabo Sefolosha
PG Russel Westbrook

The outlook for the season: The Thunder will only get better as the season goes on. It just won’t show in the win column. A young team playing in the Western Conference will never be good for wins, but it will help them mature quickly.

Though the pieces are nice, I really don’t care for the way this team is constructed currently. You want to have Durant and Green on the floor, but there isn’t an effective way to play them at the same time. Yes, it helps offensively, but defensively, playing Jeff Green at power forward hurts you. And it hurts you even more on the boards. Not saying someone needs to go, but I just don’t like them on the floor at the same time.

One guy I do like on the floor at all times? Russell Westbrook.

Eastern Conference

Washington Wizards | Milwaukee Bucks

Western Conference

Sacramento Kings | Memphis Grizzlies

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