Some of the biggest offseason hype has gone to the Oklahoma City Thunder after their great regular season in 2010 and exceptional showing in the playoffs.
Just two years ago, in their inaugural year, the Thunder looked like they were headed nowhere. But with the emergence of some of the best young talent in the league, the Thunder were soon the "dark horse" of the NBA and are currently a force to be reckoned with.
After going 23-59 in '09, the Thunder bounced back in epic fashion, almost completely flipping their record and going 50-32. In '10, the Thunder never went on a losing streak longer than three games, which is a hard-earned feat in the West.
With the humble leadership of Durant and the explosiveness of Russell Westbrook, the team gave the Lakers a challenge in the first round, taking them to six games. Their season ended on a put-back basket from Pau Gasol.
The Thunder were two points away from taking the champion LA Lakers to a full seven-game series.
The Thunder let the rest of the NBA know, "we are a force to be reckoned with". And NBA fans alike knew that the West could soon belong to the Thunder.
Many wonder whether this offseason hype is legitimate, or whether it's another NBA-cooked plate of drama.
After watching OKC shred the Western Conference during the offseason, and giving a huge scare to the LA Lakers, I'm ready to pronounce them as one of the top three teams in the Western Conference.