NBA Preview 2016-17: Oklahoma City Thunder

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 55-27 (2016), 45-37 (2015), 59-23 (2014), 60-22 (2013), 47-19 (2012), 55-27 (2011), 50-32 (2010), 23-59 (2009), 20-62 (2008), 31-51 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 Western Conference Finals vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2016 Conference Semifinals vs. San Antonio Spurs

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2012 vs. Miami Heat

NBA Championships Won: 1 (as Seattle Supersonics)


Head Coach:

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Billy Donovan

Overall Record: 55-27

Record With Team: 55-27

Playoff Record: 11-7


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Russell Westbrook (23.5 PPG, 10.4 APG, 7.8 RPG, 27.64 PER)

SG: Victor Oladipo (16.0 PPG, 3.9 APG, 4.8 RPG, 16.77 PER)

SF: Ersan Ilyasova (10.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 14.26 PER)

PF: Enes Kanter (12.7 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 24.09 PER)

C: Steven Adams (8.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 15.54 PER)

Bench:

Andre Roberson (SG), Cameron Payne (PG), Kyle Singler (SF), Nick Collison (PF), Josh Huestis (SF), Anthony Morrow (SG), Mitch McGary (PF), Joffrey Lauvergne (PF), Domantas Sabonis (PF), Dakari Johnson (C)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Kevin Durant (28.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Durant (8.2)

Steals Per Game: Russell Westbrook (2.0)

Assists Per Game: Russell Westbrook (10.4)

Blocks Per Game: Serge Ibaka (1.9)

Turnovers Per Game: Russell Westbrook (4.3)


The Prediction:

46-36

Well, that was a boring off-season wasn’t it Thunder fans? Just another typical off-season in Oklahoma City where absolutely nothing happens.

Oh wait.

I just remembered something.

I just remembered that the best player in THUNDER franchise history just took his talents to the Bay Area where he joined the enemy in hopes of catching an NBA title and unfortunately I’m all too familiar with it.

As a fan of the Portland Trailblazers, I got to watch LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Blazers high and dry and join the San Antonio Spurs in hopes of winning a title (those Texas Longhorns player sure are bitch made….aren’t they?) the year before Durant did the same thing. And you know what….the Blazers are completely fine without him, maybe even better.

That’s not to say that this year’s OKC Thunder team is going to be better off without Kevin Durant, because they aren’t. Durant is a better player than Aldridge will ever be and his loss will definitely sting a lot more. However, the good news for Thunder fans is, you still have a pretty good team on your hands and it’s going to be AWESOME to watch Russell Westbrook play pissed off this season.

Even though the championship window may have temporarily closed on the Thunder for the time being, I still expect this team to compete in the West and make the playoffs. Westbrook will have an MVP-like season and Enes Kanter and Steven Adams will continue to be BFF’s and extremely enjoyable to watch. Back off the cliff a little bit Thunder fans. It’s going to be OK. Unless Russell Westbrook gets injured….then feel free to jump.

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