Admittedly, the prospect of the San Antonio Spurs capturing one more title in the twilight of Tim Duncan's career is a pretty appealing storyline.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have no interest in becoming a footnote in the Spurs' history book, however. To paraphrase Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City is looking to make some history of its own.
Led by Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Thunder are finally poised to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy this June. And even though the San Antonio faithful might disagree, their neighbors to the north are far better equipped to do so than the hometown Spurs.
So as the NBA Western Conference Finals start to heat up, here are five reasons why the Oklahoma City Thunder (and not the Spurs) should be title favorites this season.