Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets
Still reeling from Kevin Durant’s departure for Golden State during free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder made one very important move- signing Durant’s court partner for eight consecutive seasons Russell Westbrook, to a multi-year contract extension. Instead of a full-rebuild, the Thunder get to move forward with Westbrook as their superstar franchise guy. Oklahoma City also traded away Serge Ibaka for three valuable players; Victor Oladipo, Ersan llyasova and the rights to power forward Domantas Sabonis. Each one of these guys brings talent to their rotation and will help ease the pain of their loss of Durant. Westbrook is arguably the most dynamic and driven player in the league and now that he has the reigns, there could certainly be an MVP trophy in his future this season.
Rest easy fans, as this team will be just fine throughout the 2016-2017 season and could be looking at first place in the Northwest Division if they can remain healthy. So grab your foam fingers, some popcorn and your Oklahoma City Thunder tickets, and come out to watch this exciting team live all season long.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are Seattle transplants. They originated in the Pacific Northwest, playing as the SuperSonics. Those Sonics first stepped onto the court in 1967 and immediately struggled. Of course, those first few seasons gave the team an opportunity to stock pile some talented young players.
Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson manned the backcourt with Jack Sikma playing center. This lineup ultimately played in two NBA Finals, winning one in 1979. This would be the only finals victory for the franchise.
The Sonics easily dispatched the Lakers in the first round, but took seven games to take out the Suns in the next round. All this set up a rematch with the team that beat them in the finals in the previous season, the Washington Bullets. Dennis Johnson won the Finals MVP as he averaged 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in the short five-game series.
Seattle stuck around in the 1980s, reaching the playoffs with the likes of Tom Chambers and Dale Ellis. In the 1990s, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp were bona fide superstars and Hershey Hawkins, Sam Perkins, and Detlef Schrempf provided the support. This squad played in the NBA Finals in 1996, but lost to the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately, this talented team could not get back, as then the Utah Jazz had usurped them as the favorite in the Western Conference.
Eventually, Sonics owner Clay Bennett picked a fight with the city and moved the team to Oklahoma City. The new city welcomed the newly named Thunder and its burgeoning star Kevin Durant. Soon Russell Westbrook joined him and the Thunder became a perennial playoff team. As Durant and Westbrook reached the level of superstardom the franchise came closer and closer to the Finals. They got back there in 2012 and met the Miami Heat. The Heat beat them, but the Thunder will be back soon.