Are The Oklahoma City Thunder The Best Team In The NBA?

By Brian Anderson
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have the best record in the NBA. Does that make them the best team in the league? I would say yes; at least for now. The Thunder has beaten some tough teams en route to their league best 21-4 record. Although, they did lose to the Portland Trail Blazers and have yet to play the Miami Heat, they did manage to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers.

The Thunder have to play in the tough Western Conference, which makes their play even more impressive. There’s no doubt that they’re the best team in that conference, but the reigning champs are of course in the Eastern Conference — along with the second or third best team in the league, the Pacers. While we know that OKC has the best record, many would argue against them being the best overall team.

It is hard to ignore this team when they have two of top five players in the league, and they’re getting an excellent job done on defense — only giving up 98 points per game to opponents, while holding them below 42 percent from the field. On offense, they are just as effective, scoring over 105 points per night and are good enough for third overall in the league. They have a good chance to finish the season off as the best scoring team as they continue to show improvement as the weeks roll by.

How could I write an article about the OKC Thunder and not talk about their star players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? The answer is — I cannot. They have been simply amazing and they are looking more comfortable together than they ever have before. The question of whether or not these two can coexist has been laid to rest. Their growth is evident in their play on the court — not only individually, but also as a unit. KD and Russ will carry this team through the fire, and hopefully to their first NBA Championship. They also have a strong bench led by Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb to back them up when they are having off nights; making OKC even surer of a bet.

When you think about it, there are about four or five teams playing well enough make it to the Conference Finals at least. I do not want to say NBA Finals, because it is just too early to put certain teams in that conversation when their hot streaks could eventually flame out. Four teams I feel that are Finals worthy are the Thunder, Pacers, Spurs and Heat. The question is — who will be the last team standing?

Brian Anderson is an NBA writer for Follow him on Twitter @MrAnderson035 “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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