About Oklahoma City Thunder
The franchise was established as an expansion team that joined the NBA in 1967 in Seattle and was named SuperSonics. It wasn’t until 2008 when the franchise moved and became Oklahoma City Thunder. The team won one NBA championship and they have gone to three more NBA finals. The lone championship comes from the times of the team being based in Seattle when they claimed it in 1979.
The franchise is credited with 10 division titles five of which are coming from when the team was relocated to a new division in 2004; Northwest Division in Western Conference is that division where Oklahoma City left its mark early on.
The team’s colours are blue, red, yellow and dark blue and the team has been represented by Rumble the Bison mascot since 2009.
Billy Donovan is the Thunder’s head coach. The former point guard has plenty of experience in coaching as he spent plenty of time helping to develop many collegiate players and this earned him 3 honours of SEC Coach of the Year, four SEC tournament championships to go along with six SEC regular season titles all accomplished while coaching at the University of Florida. He became Thunder’s coach in 2015.
The franchise has two bright stars representing its fighting nature; both of them are home grown talents that joined the team while still residing in Seattle.
Kevin Durant, small forward drafted by the team with overall no 2 pick in 2007 has had a very successful career for which he earned a variety of different honours including NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008, four times NBA scoring champion, NBA MVP of 2014 and a gold medallist in Olympic Games as well as World Cup in basketball. He led his team to NBA finals in 2012 but he is yet to grab himself a championship ring.
The championship is quite possible with contributions from his teammate, Russell Westbrook who was drafted by the franchise in 2008 draft as an overall 4th pick.
Playing as point guard, Westbrook is responsible for directing the plays and distributing the ball around the court to those having scoring opportunities. He isn’t shy in taking matters in his own hands and dropping loads of points on opponents as he proved in 2015 when he was NBA scoring champion, he was also NBA All-Star Game MVP in the same year. Similarly to Durant, Westbrook also was a gold medallist in Olympic Games and a World Cup.