Coming into this NBA regular season, the Oklahoma City Thunder were thought to be just another bad team in the Western Conference with a great player in Kevin Durant. With an inexperienced coach Scott Brooks and a team full of youngsters like Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, James Harden and of course Kevin Durant, the Thunder look like they’re in for another rough season, but that was far from the truth.
Somehow, someway, Scott Brooks was able to pull this young team together and find a way to make them listen to him as they are arguably the most improved team in the league by increasing their win total by 27 games.
That is one hell of improvement to say the least!
The one vast improvement that they did see this season was the emergence of a superstar in Kevin Durant who went from just another good scoring forward to arguably the best scorer in the league.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough that the Oklahoma City Thunder improved their win record by 27, Kevin Durant has shown how mature he really is this season by taking the reins and becoming the undisputed leader of this team. As a result, putting up 30 to 40 points a game has become no surprise for this scoring machine as now he can also call himself the youngest player to ever win the scoring title in the NBA.
Along with Durant’s dominance on the offense end of the floor, point guard Russell Westbrook has turned into arguably one of the best floor generals in the league as at times he just seems almost impossible to guard for most of point guards in the NBA. With other point guard around the league like Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul that is definitely saying something for this young kid!
Westbrook’s drastic improvement and dominance on the floor was never more evident than it was in the first round of the playoffs against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Veteran guards like Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown had no answer for this young kid out of UCLA as he just drove past them at will and became the X-factor in the series.
Eventually the defending champs figured out a way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, but it was no easy task as this young team showed that they are without a doubt the team of the future in the Western Conference and will be a force to be reckoned with from here on out.
If Kevin Durant and company played any other team in the first round of the playoffs in the Western Conference, they would have almost certainly have moved on to the second round as it could be argued the two best teams in the West faced off in the first round.
Obviously that’s unfortunate for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the future definitely looks bright as this young team will definitely be one to watch in the future.