2010 Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
Oklahoma City is happy to have a NBA team and even though this is the former Seattle Sonics team, winning is not high on the priority list right now. Just getting the NBA to a good city that is hungry for basketball and sells tickets is a good move. They started 3-29 after 32 games and still had fans, but this year they have to start winning.
Scott Brooks starts his second season for the Thunder and he should do just fine. He was able to give this franchise some direction and start getting some wins and hard fought games against some tough competition. The key now is not to get to the playoffs but start competing on every given night and breaking 30 wins and even that may be asking too much.
In the off-season the Thunder made some movement. They lost the services of Earl Watson and Damien Wilkins but let’s face it that is not a bad loss for a team that is rebuilding and starting with youth. So let’s look right at the draft. They had two first round draft picks and grabbed 19 year old James Harden and 20 year old B.J. Mullens. Two very talented ball players that will be given time to grow with this team and there may not be a better environment to have them to get maximum participation. Brooks has made this a learning atmosphere with almost like a college-feel and players are encouraged to grow and be part of a team.
The Thunder is building around Kevin Durant. He showed flashes of brilliance and is one of the best young players in the game today. They have surrounded him with good young talent in Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green and they are starting to gel as a team. This team is not going to make the playoffs this year and maybe not even in 2012 but they are on the way and doing it right. Before too long the fans of Oklahoma City will have a great team to cheer for.