It has been a so-so start for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They're 7-3 with wins against teams they were supposed to beat and losses to teams with which they were supposed to struggle.
But is it okay to simply give the Thunder a pass for losing games against a few of the NBA's elite teams?
Thunder Nation might not be comfortable with that notion. They expect their team to compete with the league's best. They expect greatness. They expect championships.
However, the popular excuse of "it's still early in the season" can be made. The Thunder have three losses in 10 games, which is a very solid winning percentage. And they have an opportunity to avenge those losses in the next five games, all of which are at home.
Needless to say, the Thunder will have the opportunity to show their true colors in the next couple of weeks, and I believe they will remind everyone that they're still contenders and still a great team.
Those lesser-known Thunder players will be the difference between an NBA title run or an early playoff exit. Durant and Westbrook will always be the core of this team, but having other complementary players develop throughout the regular season is crucial to its success in the playoffs.
These are the Oklahoma City player power rankings through the first 10 games of the regular season.
Note: These rankings are based off my opinion of the top players who have contributed the most to the Thunder's success thus far in the season.