Oklahoma City Thunder: The NBA's Future Dynasty?
The 2008-2009 season brought the inaugural season of a new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, the Thunder are not a true expansion team, such as the Charlotte Bobcats once were. They once were the Seattle Supersonics. They brought in new management and a youth-movement gave reason for a change of scenery for this once historic franchise.
Now led by the likes of budding superstar Kevin Durant, the Thunder are preparing their roster for the future in hopes of making a franchise much like the Los Angeles Lakers.
Durant is surrounded by a core of very athletic and talented teammates, two of which are forward Jeff Green and guard Russell Westbrook and both have the potential to be future all-stars as well.
The Thunder struggled at the beginning of the season, falling to the bottom of both the Western Conference and NBA standings. However, after acquiring forward Nenad Krstic and lock-down guard Thabo Sefolosha (via trades) the Thunder ended the season strong.
Under the influence of then intern head coach Scott Brooks, the Thunder climbed out of the western conference seller, finishing with a record of 23-59.
Now, with the drafting of Arizona State guard James Harden, the Thunder have put together a roster that could be a very formidable opponent in the near future.
The Thunder will enter next season as the youngest team in the NBA as their two most experienced players are guard Kevin Ollie and forward Etan Thomas. However, they chose not to re-sign fan favorite and locker room leader Desmond Mason.
Durant and company have all the potential to become the NBA's next big time franchise and, barring any major injuries or setbacks, a true NBA Dynasty, just like either the Lakers or the Celtics. Though in this era, it will be near impossible to win as many games as those respective franchises have.
A team filled with fire power and enthusiasm, the Thunder have the world at their fingertips and with the 2009-2010 season just on the horizon, we will get to see how they all continue to develop.
Durant has grown to be a perennial offensive juggernaut and if he continues to round out the rest of his skills and keep his teammates motivated he could very well develop into a great leader as well.
The Oklahoma City Thunder could very well take the NBA by storm within the next three to four seasons.
The question remains however, are they ready to live up to the hype and to their respective potential? Only time will tell.
As of right now, it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
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