Oklahoma City Thunder: What If They Were in LA, Boston, New York or Chicago?

Courtney BuchananContributor IIIJanuary 30, 2012

DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stand next to each other on the court in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We are just about 20 games through a 66-game season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder sport the league's best record at 16-3. 

Still, the young Thunder don't seem to get the respect they deserve.  Which brings me to my question: Where is the love for OKC?

One might wonder how they'd be treated if this same Thunder team were sporting Lakers, Bulls or Celtics jerseys.

Of course, we all know everyone and their mothers would be lined up to join the band wagon if these same players were in a big market.

I believe the reason for this treatment is that big cities and NBA greats are jealous—jealous that a small, supposedly country town has a basketball team that can come into New York or LA and flat out kick their butts.

Truth be told, this young Thunder team—who, by the way, haven't even begun to reach their prime—have the tools to challenge some of the greatest dynasties in the history of the league.

Don't believe me?  Check back with me when Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Cook and Ibaka are all at least 26 years old. 

I can't remember a team in NBA history that was this young and this good.  This team has everything—they bring excitement; they're athletic; and they have three point shooters, defensive specialist and scorers.

I've watched and played a lot of basketball, and I really can't remember a team where everyone fit in so perfectly.

If the Thunder can stay together and not let the big city media create a problem within their team, I promise you that this same team will own the NBA very soon.