With the reigning 6th man of the year, James Harden, gaining interest from almost all teams around the league, Harden clearly wants to come back to Oklahoma City. Harden and Ibaka will both be restricted free agents in 2013, so the Thunder can offer both of them an extension. However, with both players playing in the Olympics, it seems as if things are frozen with their agents and Sam Presti. The only thing we know now is that Harden wants to be… Continue reading
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Sometimes in the NBA, teams that reach the NBA Finals one year will then come into the next season with the mindset of just breezing by their conference. Not so fast. Similar to the Lakers after they lost in the 2004 NBA Finals, as they came back the next year not even making the playoffs. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen to the Thunder. I mean, I can’t see the Thunder not making the playoffs next year but I hope Oklahoma City doesn’t… Continue reading
89. 89 days untill the NBA season tips off. Yes, I do have a countdown going down in my head, don’t judge. As free-agency dies down, the Thunder has had basically nothing going on besides the Olympics. However, there have been minor things going on in the past week or so: Don’t get me started on how stupid it is for fans to be worried about this is but James Harden was asked if he’d consider playing with the Suns… Continue reading
As we all wait until the first tip-off of the season, let’s look at the marquee matchups of the season for the Thunder. Of course all 82 games are important, but some of them are more intriguing… they’re “must-watch” games. With the Thunder winning the Western Conference last year and getting to the NBA Finals, teams are going to play them like it’s a game 7 finals game. In other words, they’re going to play with a lot of fire. Oklahoma City will play 25 national TV games this year with 10 on ESPN, 10 on TNT and 5 on ABC. Here are the BIG games next year.
Thursday Nov 1 @ San Antonio: To start off the year, the Thunder will play in the arena, where in Game 5, Harden hit that three to close the game out. This game will be bigger for the Spurs, as it a chance for redemption and revenge on the Thunder. Let me ask you this: If you lost four straight games to get knocked out of the playoffs, wouldn’t you be mad?
Friday Nov 23 @ Boston: Okay, this is my favorite game. May not be yours. This is Russell Westbrook’s home. He dominates at the TD Garden. Does anyone else remember his 26 points and crazy three? To me, this is always the most fun game in the year. Plus, I’ll be there watching.
Tuesday Dec 4 @Brooklyn: December 4th, Jay-Z’s birthday, marks the first time the Thunder will play in the new Barclay Center and say Hello to Brooklyn. New city, new team and the first time Westbrook and Harden get a chance to play, “the best backcourt in the league.” And, yes, I put that in quotes for a reason.
Tuesday Dec 25 @ Miami: The biggest regular season game of the year. I actually can’t wait. I still remember sitting in my seat watching Heat fans celebrate in Game 5. I hope the Thunder win by 30. Really do.
Friday Jan 11 @ L.A. Lakers: Whenever you play in the Staples Center on national TV, it’s a big game. Especially with the new-look Lakers and Steve Nash. This will be second time they play the Lakers, after their matchup at home on December 7th. Anyhow, the last time the Thunder played in the Staples Center was when KD did this.
Sunday Jan 13 @ Portland: Not really an intriguing game, but it is for me. Just because I am a big Damian Lillard fan, and this is the first chance for the Thunder to play him on the road. I cant wait for the Lillard and Westbrook matchup. The Rose Bowl is always electric, so it’s bound to be a good game.
Sunday Feb 24 Chicago: Derrick Rose should be back for this game. My dad and I always have discussions on who’s better, Rose or Westbrook? So, I guess we’ll get a chance to find out. Anyhow, last time the Bulls came to Oklahoma City, the Thunder beat them by 14 and Westbrook had this nasty dunk over Omer Asik.
Thursday March 7 @ New York:Madison Square Garden. Melo vs. Durant. I’ll be there. It’s a huge game.
Friday Jan 18 @ Dallas: I don’t know why, but for some reason I love watching the Thunder play in that American Airlines Areana. I find it fun, for some odd season. Maybe it will give me memories of when Harden did this?
One of the biggest strengths for the Thunder over the past few years has been their bench. I mean, seriously, how many other teams play a 10- man rotation? Not too many. With the reigning 6th man of the year, James Harden, Oklahoma City has one of, if not the best bench in the NBA(With considerations going to the Bulls, Nuggets, Pacers, and Spurs). However, Harden isn’t the only one who can come off the bench and produce for this Thunder… Continue reading
When someone says,” Off-season,” the first thing that comes to my mind is: Rest. Not for these young guys, though. When Scott Brooks says in interviews that all of his players are gym rats he’s not kidding. Maybe it’s youth, or maybe it’s their motor, and strive for excellence. I call it… Greatness. Durant and Westbrook were almost automatics to make this year’s USA team that will head to London for the Olympics. With only two spots left on the team,… Continue reading
After looking at the Pacific division yesterday, we now take a look at the Northwest division. The Oklahoma City Thunder won this division last year, as well as the year before. Here is how the crew at Hoopstradamus graded the Northwest division: Denver Nuggets Draft Picks: Evan Fournier- France 6’6 SG, Quincy Miller-Baylor 6’10 F, and Izzet Turkyilmaz-Turkey 7’0 PF/C Grade: C Reason: Masai Ujiri didn’t do a good job in this year’s draft. Fournier averaged 14 points overseas, which means he might average 5… Continue reading
Who would have thought that a lottery talent would have fallen all the way to 28? It was a gift. Perhaps Perry Jones III fell down to 28 because of his health concerns as he was medically red flagged prior to the draft, and that might have been the reason teams passed on him. The 6’11 forward averaged 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last year at Baylor. Other great prospects were on the board, such as Draymond Green, Quincy Miller, and Jeff Taylor but… Continue reading
With Sam Presti, you never know who the Thunder will draft. I don’t think anybody had Reggie Jackson on the Thunder’s list last year. All 30 teams might move up, down, or stay at their pick in this years draft. Here are my top 3 possible picks for the Thunder at 28: Quincy Miller- Baylor 6’10 SF/PF Royce White- Iowa State 6’8 PF Draymond Green- Michigan State 6’8 PF
Be as emotional and hurtful as you want but there is nothing to be ashamed of as a Thunder fan. Coming into this year, the Thunder wanted to get by the Western Conference Finals and advance to the NBA Finals. Of course, the Thunder wanted to win it all as well. Oklahoma City didn’t just go to the Finals to lose. However, a goal was accomplished and the Thunder made the next step as a team and franchise. Oklahoma City… Continue reading