Creating the Oklahoma City Thunder’s All-Time Starting Lineup

Creating the Oklahoma City Thunder's All-Time Starting Lineup

Oklahoma City Thunder's All-Time Starting Lineup
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Before they were the Oklahoma City Thunder, they were called the Seattle Supersonics and this franchise has been blessed with a lot of talent over the years. If you had to name an all-time starting lineup for OKC, who would be on that list? Here's my five.

5. Gary Payton – Point Guard

PG Gary Payton Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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5. Gary Payton – Point Guard

PG Gary Payton Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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The "Glove," or Gary Payton, was a phenomenal player in his heyday as the Supersonics' starting point guard. Payton could score, dribble and pass just as well as any All-Star in the game, but his defensive play set him apart as elite. In the 1995-96 season, Payton's defensive play was rewarded handsomely as he picked up the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He also led the Supersonics to the NBA Finals that year, but they lost to M.J.'s Bulls.

4. Russell Westbrook – Shooting Guard

SG Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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4. Russell Westbrook – Shooting Guard

SG Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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Feisty, furious and ferocious are the only proper adjectives to use when describing the play of G Russell Westbrook. He may be listed as a PG, but don't be fooled – he's a shooter. However, all of his shots don't come from the perimeter as this freak athlete is known to assault the rim with his incredible leaping ability for being a bit undersized at 6-foot-3. If Kevin Durant commits to OKC, Westbrook and Durant will be Thunder legends together.

3. Kevin Durant – Small Forward

SF Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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3. Kevin Durant – Small Forward

SF Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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Easily the greatest OKC player of all time, Kevin Durant's starting spot on this list cannot be challenged. Coming off an incredible MVP season in 2014, Durant still has a long way to go before he can be named as one of the top-10 players to ever play in the NBA. Winning multiple championships will put him in the conversation, but with LeBron James in his way, only time will tell how great K.D. will be. However, for OKC, he's a living legend.

2. Shawn Kemp – Power Forward

PF Shawn Kemp Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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2. Shawn Kemp – Power Forward

PF Shawn Kemp Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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Back in the day "making it rain" had a totally different connotation altogether and nobody made it rain like the "Rain Man" himself, Shawn Kemp. Catching alley-oops from Gary Payton was the norm as Kemp threw down thunderous (get it?) dunks in front of large crowds. For a PF, Kemp was extremely athletic and used his speed and strength to easily find his way to the rim against slower defenders. He also has the club record for total blocks (959).

1. Jack Sikma – Center

Center Jack Sikma Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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1. Jack Sikma – Center

Center Jack Sikma Oklahoma City Thunder All-time Great
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As a center, Jack Sikma was a shooting star for the Seattle Supersonics. He led the league in FT percentage one season as he shot 92.2 percent from the stripe. Sikma also led the league in rebounding twice in his career, so he wasn't a one-dimensional player by any means. Sikma was a walking double-double as he averaged 15.6 PPG and 9.8 RPG for his career. As a seven-time All-Star, it's clear to see why Sikma is the starting center on this team.

Walton Yeboah-Amoako is a Columnist for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @WaltYeboah, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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