Can the Oklahoma City Thunder pull off the upset against the defending champs?
This season has been an amazing one to say the least for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they have gone from arguably one of the worst teams in the league to playoff team.
Not only have the Thunder increased their win total by 27 this season, but they have also started to get a lot of recognition for their impressive season.
Coming into the league about three years ago, Kevin Durant was thought to be one of the NBA’s most promising players. It was rough start for Durant as the Seattle Supersonics were one of the struggling franchises in the league and seemed to have no hope for the future besides having the kid out of Texas leading the way.
Fortunately, as the years rolled on the Seattle Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder and the team kept getting considerable upgrades to their squad in the NBA Draft. With the additions of point guard Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and James Harden over the last couple of seasons the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone from a struggling NBA franchise to arguably one of the best young teams in the league.
Last season the Oklahoma City Thunder witnessed Kevin Durant starting to become one of the league’s dominant scorers, but they never would have anticipated experiencing the amount of success they have during this season.
As if making the playoffs for the first since moving to Oklahoma City wasn’t impressive enough for the Thunder, Kevin Durant became the youngest player in league history to win the scoring title. With dominant scorers like Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in the league that is definitely saying something.
There have been plenty of young players that have won the scoring title before, but almost all them have been on terrible teams and depended on them scoring 30+ points a night just to save face. Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady are good examples of this as that is exactly the situation they were in with the Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic early in their careers. When MJ started out with the Chicago Bulls they were awful and the only highlight was his high scoring nights and highlight reels dunks. McGrady had exactly the same experience as all he did was score as much as possible, but the Orlando Magic were still amongst the worst teams in the league at the time.
Kevin Durant on the other hand is in a completely different situation as he is a dominant scorer, but he makes his team better and this season success is the perfect indication of that.
Now the Oklahoma City Thunder have a daunting task ahead of them as they face the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. They have played extremely well so far, but a favored to go home early as the defending champs will not go down without a fight.
The key to this series is point guard Russell Westbrook as the Los Angeles Lakers have absolutely no answer for the versatile and extremely fast guard in the backcourt.
Derek Fisher is a great defender, but he is really starting to show signs of his age as Westbrook continues to blow straight past the four-time NBA champion.
Ultimately, I can’t see the Oklahoma City Thunder beating the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven game series. The Lakers are just too experienced and extremely resilient which leading me to believe that the Thunder will show their inexperience at some point during this series, but I have to say they have played much better than anticipated.
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