A few years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves in the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games. Most people would say that this team has not been as good since that point. I would be one to disagree. Although, it was clear that the Thunder were a very talented squad, and James Harden was still on the roster. Still, I believe this 2013-14 Thunder team is the best yet.
Too many people put too much weight behind making it to the championship round. What those people fail to realize is that the Western Conference was not as strong as it now, and the Thunder were young overachievers. Now, this team is more mature and ready to shine under the spotlight.
Kevin Durant has clearly expanded his game to the point where the debate over the best player in the league is not so easy of a choice anymore. This team has grown through adversity from the loss of Harden and Kevin Martin, and to Russell Westbrook‘s devastating injury in last year’s playoffs.
This OKC team is more prepared than ever take the next step. The question of who is going to be their third scoring option was quickly answered as Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb collectively continued to be key factors on a nightly basis. As a group, they have become that third and even fourth option on the floor.
The role players are even playing better, and the addition of Steven Adams has Thunder fans raving about his smooth transition to the league. The Thunder’s flaws have become their strengths, and they are using any negative criticism as fuel to an already-burning fire. This team is currently 15-4 and looking more comfortable each time they step on the court.
I have been thoroughly impressed thus far, but I know they have not even begun to play at their maximum potential. When they do start to play at their highest level, there will be no doubt that this is the best the Thunder has been since they were the Seattle Supersonics.