Well, at least Seattle will have history on its side. As well as six retired jerseys that all don the green, white and yellow—for now.
Although the Supersonics have nostalgia and historic names to look back on, as well as the best moniker this side of Portland, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have their own jerseys to hang in the rafters within the next few decades.
In the meantime, the new basketball town of Oklahoma City will be pampered by the thoughts that they have a new franchise that is already playing at an elite level, despite having won only 23 games in its inaugural season back in 2009.
Since then, the Thunder have been perennial championship contenders and they've advanced as far as the NBA Finals, coming in 2012 and resulting in a five-game series loss to the Miami Heat.
What Seattle can boast over Oklahoma City is the witnessing of a championship. Actually, only a certain amount of the Seattle population can state such a proclamation considering the championship occurred in 1979.
We're a long ways away from the days of Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson.
Now it's the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook era, and Oklahoma City is reveling in the success as the city of Seattle did throughout the 1990s when the Sonics were also known as perennial contenders.
In a six-year span from 1992 to 1998, the Sonics won at least 55 games a season and would advance as far as the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, like the Thunder going up against the Heat, they ran into a powerhouse Chicago Bulls team that was coming off a 72-win season.
There's a rich history and an even brighter future ahead for the dual franchise. To show respect for that history, we ranked the 25 best players to play in a Seattle Sonics or an Oklahoma City Thunder uniform.