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Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder Quietly Roaring Through Offseason

OKLAHOMA CITY - APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates a foul called against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2010

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers win a consecutive title, John Wall goes first in the NBA Draft, and LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh form the Miami "Super" Heat. 

Those have been the major headlines of the offseason, and while these have covered every aspect of the journalistic world, the Oklahoma City Thunder continued to improve...quietly. 

Proof of this is Kevin Durant's highly unpublicized signing of a five-year extension with the Thunder, which he formally announced on his Twitter account. 

Now, Durant and teammates Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green highlight the USA roster for the World Championships that are quickly approaching. 

The Thunder were the team whose youth, athleticism, and will nearly pushed the Lakers over the edge. Challenging Bryant's team in every way they could manage to think of, looking for anyway possible to win. 

Now with a taste of the playoffs in their mouths, they can only want more. General manager Sam Presti was more than willing to take a step forward for his team.

An early trade for former three-point champion Daquan Cook and veteran Morris Peterson add range around Durant, while a draft-night trade brought in Kansas big-man Cole Aldrich. 

The Thunder have improved to the extent that they could even push for home-court advantage in the West against powers like Phoenix, Dallas, and Denver. 

The Thunder can only hope not to run into the Lakers in the first round, as they have quietly improved as well. 

Durant, though, has continued to show signs of just how much potential he has, becoming the face of Team USA as they head to the World Championships. 

Given the acquisitions of Aldrich, Cook, and Peterson and the continued developments of Durant, Westbrook, Green, and Serge Ibaka, the Thunder have a legitimate shot to form a young western dynasty that can rival that of Miami's for years to come. 

However, Thunder nation must wait patiently and enjoy watching their young leader and star flourish in the stunning red, white, and blue jersey as he represents our country and all of Oklahoma. 

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