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The Oklahoma City Thunder close out my group of “overwhelming favorites”.
No longer is this team up-and-coming. They are here.
The Thunder lead the Western Conference with an average point differential of +6.6.
Not only do they have two superstars who can explode for 50 on any given night, but also a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in James Harden.
The return of shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only does his presence give OKC an elite wing defender, but also allows them 24 games to completely solidify the rotation as the playoffs near.
Aside from a dynamic scoring punch, the Thunder boast one of the most physical and intimidating group of post defenders in Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka.
Although the two don’t pose as serious scoring threats, they fit the needs of the team perfectly.
Similar to the Chicago Bulls, they rebound the ball extremely well and just like the Miami Heat, are most dangerous when in transition.
With 16 games remaining on their schedule, expect them to close the season as the top seed out west and for the Western Conference championship to include them.