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|Stadium:||Chesapeake Energy Arena|
|Colours:||Thunder blue, sunset, yellow & navy blue|
|Hall of Famers:||Ray Allen, Gary Payton, Patrick Ewing, Spencer Haywood, Dennis Johnson, Sarunas Marciulionis, Jack Sikma, David Thompson, Paul Westphal & Lenny Wilkens|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Lenny Wilkens|
|Rivals:||Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors & Houston Rockets|
|Legends:||Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Fred Brown, Ray Allen, Jack Sikma, Dale Ellis, Dennis Johnson & Rashard Lewis|
|Retired Numbers:||1, 4, 10, 19, 24, 32 & 43|
|NBA Championships||1: 1979|
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The Oklahoma City Thunder started off in Seattle in 1966, being the first Seattle based professional sports team and were known as the Seattle Supersonics, named after the Boeing 2707 Supersonic Transport Project, given Boeing’s head office was in Seattle.
The Supersonics started their inaugural season, going 23-59 in their first year, before trading for Lenny Wilkens in 1968. Wilkens brought star power and instant impact, and paired with second year player Bob Rule, was supposed to boost the Sonics up the standings. The team was only able to achieve 30 wins for the year, resulting in their coach being fired and Wilkens becoming player/coach.
The Sonics steadily improved with Wilkens leading the way, but were unable to make the playoffs in this time. A bright spot however was the 1971 All Star Game, where Wilkens won MVP.
The team added American Basketball Association MVP Spencer Haywood, after the NBA allowed him to enter the league. Haywood almost helped Wilkens lead the Sonics to their first playoff berth in 1972, but injuries saw the team lose eight of their last nine games to narrowly miss.
Wilkens was then traded to Cleveland, a very unpopular decision at the time, and saw the team’s record plummet, winning 21 less games than the previous year, despite Haywood’s 29 points and 13 rebounds per game, which earned him All-NBA honours.
The legendary Bill Russell was named coach of the Sonics, and led the team to the playoffs in just his second year, winning the first round of their first playoff appearance 2-1 over the Detroit Pistons, before falling to the Golden State Warriors in the second round.
Haywood left the team and Seattle had a down two years, missing the playoffs in one of them, before Lenny Wilkens came back as coach after a dismal start to the 1977-78 season. Wilkens turned the team around, taking them back to the playoffs, and ending up in the NBA Finals where they lost to the Washington Bullets in a tough seven game series.
Wilkens kept the team together and the consistency paid dividends with the team winning its first division title on their way to facing the Bullets in the Finals again, this time defeating them 4-1, with Finals MVP Dennis Johnson and All Star center Jack Sikma leading the charge.
The on court success saw Seattle bring an NBA record (that has been broken since) 21,725 average home game attendance and the Sonics had a lot of players do well individually, Johnson being named to the All-NBA Defensive team and the All-NBA second team, while Sikma played in the All Star game for the second straight year.
Seattle made it back to the Western Conference Finals, facing the Los Angeles Lakers, led by star rookie Magic Johnson. The Sonics lost to the Lakers, who went on to win the Championship. Johnson was traded in the offseason and the Sonics were only able to make the playoffs in three of the following six seasons.
The 1986-87 was an unexpected one for the Supersonics, with forward Tom Chambers winning the All Star Game MVP and guard Dale Ellis winning Most Improved Player of the Year, with the pair leading the Sonics to the Western Conference Finals, despite a 39-43 regular season record. They faced the Lakers again and were unable to force a different outcome, being swept by the eventual champions.
Seattle remained in the hunt for the following five years, making the second round twice and only missing the playoffs once, before the 1992-93 season. Led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, with George Karl as coach, the Sonics played with a chip on their shoulder, always with something to prove and made the Western Conference Finals. The Sonics took the Phoenix Suns to seven games but were unable to win the decider.
With momentum from the previous year, Seattle posted a record of 63-19, winning their second division title and finishing on top of the West standings. Facing the 8-seed Denver Nuggets in the first round, Seattle suffered a shock upset, losing 3-2 and becoming the first 1-seed to lose to an 8-seed in the opening round.
Seattle played well in the 1994-95 season but were ousted in the first round by the Lakers, setting up a ‘comeback season’ in 1995-96. Gary Payton won the 1996 Defensive Player of the Year award, while leading the team to a third division title and again, finishing on top of the West, with a 64-18 record.
Kemp and Payton helped Seattle dominate the first two rounds before defeating John Stockton, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals for just the third time in franchise history. Seattle were ultimately no match for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, losing 4-2.
Seattle continued their dominance winning 57 and 61 games in the next two seasons but were unable to reach the Western Conference Finals again and went on to struggle for the next 10 years. During this stretch they only managed to make the playoffs three times and traded Payton in 2002.
The Supersonics created headlines when young duo Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis led the team to a 52 win season, winning the division title and defeating the Sacramento Kings 4-1 in the opening round. The team unfortunately ran into the eventual champions, the San Antonio Spurs, in the second round and were eliminated.
The 2007 draft changed the fortune of the franchise, winning the second pick and being lucky enough to select Kevin Durant, after the Trail Blazers selected Greg Oden with the first pick. Seattle embraced a full rebuild around Durant, trading both Allen and Lewis for young players and picks, including Jeff Green.
Durant would go on to win Rookie of the Year in 2008, but the team only managed 20 wins, which was surrounded by off-court drama and after being sold to an Oklahoma City group of businessmen in 2006, was eventually relocated to Oklahoma City in the 2008 offseason.
The team drafted UCLA guard Russell Westbrook in 2008, hoping that Durant, Westbrook and Green would be able to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to success. The Thunder only managed 3 more wins in the 2008-09 season, but their poor performance allowed them to have a high draft pick which they used to select James Harden.
The young Thunder team, led by Durant were determined to have success, winning 50 games in the 2009-10 season, making the playoffs for the first time in five years and Scott Brooks winning Coach of the Year. The Thunder would win two games against the defending champion Lakers, but lost 4-2 in the first round.
Harden and veteran Serge Ibaka helped young stars Durant and Westbrook push OKC to their first division title in 12 years. The emerging Thunder beat the Nuggets and Grizzlies on the way to the Western Conference Finals, a place they hadn’t been since 1996. Oklahoma City would lose to the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks, but this made the team even hungrier.
In the 2011-12 season, Durant won All Star Game MVP, Harden won Sixth Man of the Year and the Thunder finished 2nd in the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma had a dominant playoffs, sweeping the defending champion Mavericks before defeating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers and the powerful San Antonio Spurs to advance to the NBA Finals.
The Thunder were facing the Miami Heat in what was seen as a direct match up between Durant and LeBron James, who many thought were the two best players in the world at the time. Oklahoma won the first game of the Finals, but were beaten in the following four, losing to the Heat.
The Thunder signed Ibaka to an extension in the offseason, but was unable to come to an agreement with Harden. The front office preferred to avoid luxury tax and ended up trading Harden to the Rockets in a move that decimated the team’s momentum and fire power. Durant and Westbrook’s fire power was able to keep the Thunder at the top of the West, winning 60 and 59 wins in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
A Westbrook injury and a difficult matchup against the Spurs meant that the Thunder were unable to make the NBA Finals in those two years. Durant however was named MVP in the 2013-14 season. Westbrook and Durant would both miss most of the next season, both requiring season ending surgery and the Thunder missed the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons.
With both stars back and firing, the Thunder shot up the standings again, finishing third in the West with a 55-27 record. Oklahoma would defeat familiar foes, the Mavericks and the Rockets, on their way to facing Steph Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Durant and Westbrook helped the team to a 3-1 lead over the Warriors but were defeated in seven games.
That offseason saw Durant do the unthinkable and leave the Thunder, joining the team that just defeated them, the Golden State Warriors, who had made the Finals the previous two years, winning one Championship over that stretch. Durant’s departure allowed Westbrook to shine, becoming the second player in league history to average a triple double during the 2016-17 season and winning MVP.
The Thunder were never able to win a first round series under Westbrook’s leadership, even though the front office added All Star Paul George in 2017. The duo led the Thunder to the playoffs in 2017-18 and 2018-19, with George even finishing in the top three in MVP voting in 2019, but were defeated by the Jazz and the Trail Blazers in the first round each year.
The defeat to the Trail Blazers was a tough one with so much expected surrounding the team, and the front office decided that they no longer wanted mediocracy. The Thunder traded George to the Los Angeles Clippers for Danilo Galinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a record five future first round draft picks.
Knowing that Westbrook couldn’t lead a team deep into the playoffs by himself, the front office traded their star to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and two future first round picks. Many thought that Paul and Gallinari would be traded, with the Thunder embracing a full rebuild around Shai and their mountain of future picks, but a revitalised Paul pushed OKC into the playoff picture, earning himself an All Star Game selection along the way.
Oklahoma finished the regular season in 5th spot with a 44-28 record, facing Westbrook, Harden and the Houston Rockets in the first round. After losing the first two games, Paul willed the Thunder back to even the series 2-2. The teams traded wins, setting up a game seven against their former stars.
The Thunder missed a shot in the dying seconds that would have won them the series, going down 4-3 to the Rockets and being eliminated from the playoffs. With the team still unsure whether to continue contending or embrace a rebuild, Billy Donovan’s contract as head coach wasn’t extended.
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Stepping up from his position as assistant, Mark Daigneault replaced Billy Donovan as head coach of Oklahoma City, bringing to an end Donovans’ 6 year tenure in charge. Consistently making playoffs over the previous years, however, rarely enjoying a deep run, the Thunder have decided to focus on rebuilding their squad.
Trading their older, star players in exchange for future draft picks and focusing on the development of young prospects, nobody has high expectations for Daigneault. Daigneault is the second youngest manager in the league, earning his stripes as the coach for the Oklahoma City Blue team in the developmental NBA G league.
In his 5 years with the Blue, Daigneault coached the team to 3 division titles and a conference title, ending his time there with a solid win percentage of 57.2%. It’s yet to be seen what Daigneault can do with a mostly inexperienced Thunder team, with the management set on building the club into a powerhouse over the next few years.
With the departure of Chris Paul at the end of the season, Thunder will be looking to young gun Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for points. After enjoying a solid sophomore season in the NBA where the 22 year old racked up an average of 19 points per game, as well as providing the second most defensive rebounds for his team, Gilgeous-Alexander looks set to be a mainstay of this young Thunder side going forward.
With decision making far beyond his years and efficiency across the court, Gilgeous-Alexander served as the perfect understudy to Chris Paul during their season together. It’s unlikely the Thunder will have a season anywhere near as good as their previous years, but if they do, expect Gilgeous-Alexander to be orchestrating their success.
Amongst what is generally a young side, Al Horford and George Hill stand out, brought in this season both at the age of 34 and thought to be past their peak, the two add some much needed experience to the Thunder.
While they are not the players they once were, the addition of Horford and Hill to the squad should be massively beneficial to the team, in terms of their leadership qualities and ability to mentor the younger talents and improve their game.
Both Horford and Hill still have a lot to offer the side and while they may not be coming off their most successful seasons, entering into this young Thunder roster could revitalise their career if they link up well with the likes of Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo and Bazley.
Despite such an incredible season in 2019-20, there is still uncertainty surrounding the Thunders and whether they will trade their older veterans to full embrace the rebuild. Because of this, their 2020-21 Championship odds opened at just +6600 and even drifted to +8000 just before the draft in mid-November.
With little expectation for the Thunder after losing their two All Stars in the offseason, sportsbooks had very favourable spreads for OKC last season. They ended up having a 44-28 record against the spread, which was best in the league. They were 20-17 ATS at home, and even better on the road with a 24-11 record.
Hard nosed veterans Paul and Steven Adams combined with the long Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made a formidable defence that saw more games go UNDER, 37, than OVER, 35, the total points line. The Thunder had a 20-17 over/under record at home and a 15-20 record on the road.
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Where do the Oklahoma City Thunder play?
The Oklahoma City Thunder play their home games at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Who owns the Oklahoma City Thunder?
The Professional Basketball Club is the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder, where Clayton Bennett is the chairman.
Have the Oklahoma City Thunder won an NBA Championship?
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 1 NBA championship, in 1979.
Who is the Oklahoma City Thunder coach?
The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently coach less after Billy Donovan, who was coach from 2015 until this year. Donovan and the Thunder mutually agreed to part ways after Donovan’s contract ran out after the 2020 playoffs.
Do the Oklahoma City Thunder play tonight?
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What is the Oklahoma City Thunder record?
The Oklahoma City Thunder had a 44-28 win-loss record for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Did the Oklahoma City Thunder win last night?
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How much are the Oklahoma City Thunder worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Oklahoma City Thunder are worth $1.575 billion.
Who do the Oklahoma City Thunder play tonight?
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How to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder?
You can watch the Oklahoma City Thunder on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Oklahoma, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Oklahoma City Thunder make the playoffs this year?
The Oklahoma City Thunder made the playoffs in the 2019-20 season after finishing 5th in the West with a 44-28 record.
Will the Oklahoma City Thunder get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Oklahoma City Thunder received the 21st pick in the 2020 NBA draft, but is sending it to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a previous trade. The Thunder’s first selection will be at pick 25 after a previous deal with the Denver Nuggets.
When do the Oklahoma City Thunder play?
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Where did the Oklahoma City Thunder finish the season?
The Oklahoma City Thunder finished the 2019-20 NBA season in 5th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Oklahoma City Thunder win?
The Oklahoma City Thunder won 44 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
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