Many people wouldn't consider a 23 - 59 season a success, but for the blue clad legions of Oklahoma City, this season was.
This Oklahoma City team came into existence this last June, after a dispute with the city of Seattle was settled. The team first appeared in the Orlando Summer League, sporting a generic black jersey with an Oklahoma City NBA logo. A group of sophomores, rookies, and potential free agents were the first group to represent the state of Oklahoma in the NBA.
On September 22, the new team unveiled its logo and uniforms. This unveiling was met with cheers and jeers by NBA fans, though as the season went on the color scheme grew on most Oklahoma fans.
The first regular season game at the Ford Center was basically a primer for the rest of the season. The Thunder hung with the Milwaukee Bucks for most of the game, but ended up losing 98 - 87.
After the November firing of P.J. Carlesimo, the Thunder saw a rapid growth in productivity under the guidance of newly named head coach Scott Brooks. Under Brooks, the Thunder went 22 - 49 and saw their margin of defeat fall by almost 5 pts per game.
Coach Brooks has helped show the Thunder faithful that there is enough raw talent on this team to be competitive against the NBA's elite teams. Talk to Spurs fans about their experiences with this team. Games like this show how with a few more pieces, Oklahoma City can become a vital player in the Playoff picture.
This offseason should be filled with trades and signings by GM Sam Presti. If Presti can continue to build this team in the mold of San Antonio, by adding unwanted role players who can flourish in the Thunder's system. Oklahoma City should be able to put together a team that can be feared in the Western Conference for years to come.
From the Thunder fan legions to our newly acquired NBA team, thank you for an enjoyable first season. Loud City will continue to rock, and we will support you as long as you are as competitive as you can be on any given night. This team can shock the NBA next season, and we will be behind you the whole time.
Be Proud, Be Loud, Wear Blue!
Go Thunder Go!
*Stats from ESPN.com and NBA.com