After outrunning their expectations by miles, going from 23-win doormats to 55-win contenders in just two years, many questioned whether the Thunder's youngsters could stay focused and not let their rapid success get to their heads.
Their quick recovery was built on hard work, intensity and a team-first attitude that is difficult to find in a league stocked with overpaid prima donnas. But would they be able to improve on their winning ways in the face of growing expectations and media attention?
We have all seen enough episodes of VH1's Behind the Music to know what fame and success can to do a group.
While the sample size is admittedly small (two preseason games), the Thunder seemed to have not wavered one bit, showing big improvements up and down the roster.
Which players have shown the biggest improvements so far?