Fewer teams have a brighter future than the Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to ESPN, Oklahoma City is ranked third in their latest installment of future rankings. However, I fail to see a team that has such a talented squad that has as much potential as the Thunder.
Oklahoma City is a prime example of building a team through the draft and letting them grow together and help each other get better every day.
Russell Westbrook is literally getting better every game and learning his new position at the one while learning from his mistakes. He is one of the quickest in the league and will cause his teammates to be that much better because of his threat to drive to the hole.
Jeff Green is still the most under-rated player in the league and his defense is drastically better than last year. His ability to play either the three or four creates match-up problems against 95 percent of the league.
Obviously Kevin Durant will be the face of the franchise for the next ten years because of his talent and his unmatched work ethic. His size and ability to shoot from anywhere is almost impossible to defend.
Also, when you have key role players such as Thabo Sefolosha and Nick Collison, you're able to match up to every team and frustrate them.
Also, so many people don't see how good Serge Ibaka will be when he starts to learn the rules of American basketball. He soaks up everything and works just as hard as Durant in his will to be great.
James Harden is obviously the future starting shooting guard of the Thunder solely because of his beard. Kidding. He has the sweetest stroke from trey land on the team and just about nothing phases him.
I would actually start Harden now, because even though Sefolosha is one of the best defenders in the league, his inability to shoot holds the team back.
Sefolosha would help the team more by being the sixth man and coming in to contain the best scorer on the other team.
Plus, Oklahoma City has two first round picks next year with having Phoenix's first round selection. Because of that, they can use a first round pick of this year's draft and somebody like Etan Thomas and Kyle Weaver to bring in a highly valuable big man.
The Thunder and the Lakers will be playing in the Western Conference Finals just about every year starting in three years. Mark it down. Remember me writing this. It will happen.