The Oklahoma City Thunder are among the leading contenders to win the NBA title in 2013. While they have their reasons for that reputation, there are also plenty of reasons why they will fail at that goal.
The Thunder have gotten off to a very hot start, paced by Kevin Durant, who is leading the MVP race early in the season. The big contributions of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin and Serge Ibaka are also big reasons why this team is a frontrunner for a title.
However, this team is still a young one. It also has not fixed many of the problems with its game. It is on a hot streak at this point in the season, but hot streaks do not last forever.
Durant and the Thunder have to hope that this current hot streak is closer to their true team identity, rather than to a team that will merely cool off soon enough.
(All stats in this slideshow are accurate as of December 19, 2012.)