The Oklahoma City Thunder entered NBA All-Star weekend on top on the world—the basketball world at least—with the best record in the league. Considering that Russell Westbrook has only suited up for 25 of those 55 games, the Thunder front office and coaching staff has to be thrilled with how the first portion of the season has unfolded. But what does the future hold?
Can Kevin Durant continue this ridiculously brilliant level of play? What happens when Westbrook returns? Will OKC finish the year atop the standings?
Those questions (and a few more) are answered in the slides that follow. These aren’t “bold predictions” that are supposed to be controversial and grab headlines but are ultimately meaningless. These are realistic predictions for what awaits the Thunder in the last third of the 2013-14 NBA season.
Note: All player stats are courtesy of ESPN.com and are accurate as of Feb. 18.