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5 Questions Oklahoma City Thunder Must Answer to Solidify Contender Status

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5 Questions OKC Must Answer

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The Oklahoma City Thunder currently sit with the second-best record in the NBA at 54-19. This, in large part, comes from the heroic scoring efforts of the MVP favorite, Kevin Durant. OKC looks to be one of the favorites to win the NBA Finals, but have a few questions they need to address before they are truly championship contenders.

Can Westbrook Take A Backseat To KD?

Russell Westbrook
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Can Westbrook Take A Backseat To KD?

Russell Westbrook
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The biggest issue with the Thunder over the last few years has been whether Russell Westbrook can take a back seat to Kevin Durant. It’s clearly not in his DNA, but it’s essential if the Thunder want to become a championship team.

Who Will Step Up As Other Scorer?

Jeremy Lamb
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Who Will Step Up As Other Scorer?

Jeremy Lamb
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Since the departure of James Harden, the Thunder hasn’t had a consistent third scoring option. Someone like Jeremy Lamb or Reggie Jackson will need to provide those energy points off the bench to make OKC legitimate title contenders.

Can KD Become A Vocal Leader?

Kevin Durant
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Can KD Become A Vocal Leader?

Kevin Durant
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At times when Westbrook is doing whatever he wants offensively, Durant stands to the side and watches. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are champions because they know when it time to take the ball in their own hands and carry their team. Durant can’t stay quiet if the Thunder plan to celebrate a championship this season.

Will Serge Ibaka Play Well In The Playoffs?

Serge Ibaka
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Will Serge Ibaka Play Well In The Playoffs?

Serge Ibaka
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One of the biggest disappointments in OKC’s playoff run last season was the disappearance of Serge Ibaka. He has played extremely well this season, but the playoffs are a different beast and he must show up then for the Thunder to be the last team standing.

Can KD Stand Up To LeBron?

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Can KD Stand Up To LeBron?

Kevin Durant LeBron James
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All roads appear to lead to the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat and reigning MVP LeBron James. Durant has seemed to respect James too much in the past and will need to disregard their off-court friendship to dethrone King James.