NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorSeptember 19, 2013

Who else is stepping up to help Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook win an NBA title?
Who else is stepping up to help Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook win an NBA title?Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to bank on their limitless internal potential.

With a roster still planted with players in their early-to-mid 20s, can the Thunder realize enough of their developmental ceiling while matching pace with improving Western Conference competitors?

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will keep getting better, but how much more so? Will Reggie Jackson and/or Jeremy Lamb fill the void left by James Harden and then Kevin Martin?

Can Serge Ibaka be the third star and not just the third wheel? Is Scott Brooks adaptable enough as a coach?

Unless this supporting cast begins to take great leaps forward, the Thunder are flirting with a John Stockton and Karl Malone Utah Jazz future: good enough to stay in the hunt during the right years but lacking the overall firepower and depth to take down the elite teams in the end.

NBA Featured Columnist Adam Fromal joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

(If the embedded player fails to load, you can find the full episode here.)

We look at the best and the worst of the Thunder's offseason along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail OKC's keys to a successful year while predicting its final position in the standings.

Want more team-by-team NBA season previews? Find the latest here. Basketball by Association cast members and pro-hoops analysis can be found at Bleacher Report's Court Vision blog.

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