Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
Oklahoma City Thunder
2014 NBA Season
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The Oklahoma City Thunder hope this is the year they can win the NBA championship. After winning a combined 119 games the last two seasons, the Thunder are tired of coming up short and watching other teams hoist the trophy.
Here is your 2014 Oklahoma City Thunder NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Mitch McGary, Anthony Morrow
Key Losses: Caron Butler, Derek Fisher
Biggest Strength: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s biggest strength is their athleticism. Russell Westbrook may be the fastest player in the NBA and can jump insanely high for a guy his size. Kevin Durant moves well for a big and can get down the court pretty quickly on a fast break. Serge Ibaka is a blocking machine and shows his athleticism all the time when healthy. The Thunder also have one of the quicker shooting guards in the league in Reggie Jackson. The Oklahoma City Thunder are an extremely fast team and want to constantly push the pace and wear down their opponent. You can count on one hand how many teams in the NBA that can keep up with the Thunder when they’re able to play their pace of basketball for 48 minutes.
Biggest Weakness: It really hit the Oklahoma City Thunder last year in the playoffs when they realized that they don’t have much depth. So much of the offensive production is left up to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to the point it’s either or a hit or miss any given night. Even with his defensive issues, the Thunder could really use an extra scorer such as a James Harden. Reggie Jackson is capable of providing a scoring boost at the two guard, but the Thunder get absolutely nothing from their bigs in Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder are still a dangerous team but when Durant and Westbrook don’t bring their A game, they can be beaten.
Expectations: As it’s been the last few years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have their eyes set on an NBA championship. With the second best player in the world in Durant, an elite defender in Ibaka and a solid point guard in Westbrook, OKC has the pieces in place to contend for a title. Anything less than winning the NBA championship is really a failure for the Thunder considering they’ve done just about everything else a young team can do.