The Oklahoma City Thunder have the best record in the NBA thanks to a 10-game winning streak that has them sitting atop the standings with a 19-4 record.
The Thunder have shot the ball at a historic rate as a team this season and those shooting numbers have only gone up during the winning streak.
The Thunder lead the league right now with a true shooting percentage of 59.6 on the season. The Miami Heat are second in the league at 58.4 percent. During the streak, the Thunder have a true shooting percentage of 60.3.
OKC is shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three and 83.5 percent from the free throw line during the streak. If they were to keep those numbers up for an entire season, it would be something no other team has ever done in the history of the league.
Kevin Durant is leading the way as the best shooter the Thunder have had over the last 10 games. He’s shooting 54.4 percent from the field, 43.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.7 percent from the free throw line. He’s averaging 29.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and just 2.6 turnovers per game during the streak.
The Thunder lead the league with an offensive rating of 111.3 on the year but during the winning streak, their offensive rating has sky-rocketed to 116.3. Meanwhile, defensively they are about the same with a rating of 100.9.
The Thunder had the worst assist-to-turnover ratio a season ago but have greatly improved in that department this year. The improved ball movement and more balanced scoring has been a huge contributing factor to the improved offensive numbers despite the loss of James Harden.
The Thunder’s assist-to-turnover ratio during the winning streak has been 1.56, up from their season average of 1.41.
The Thunder player to improve his playmaking the most this season has been Russell Westbrook. Over the last 10 games, Westbrook is averaging 20.3 points, 9.2 assists and 3.7 turnovers per game. He’s only shooting 42.0 percent from the field but is shooting 41.0 percent from three while attempting 3.9 per game.
Despite shooting lights out, the Thunder have been hitting the offensive glass more than ever over the last 10 games. Their offensive rebound percentage has risen to 30.6 percent over the last 10 games, up from their season average of 26.5.
It’s been a complete team effort for the Thunder over the past 10 games. It feels like every player has been playing well and doing their job.
Only three of the Thunder’s last 10 games have been on the road. Their next game will also be at home vs. the San Antonio Spurs who beat them the first game of the season this year. That will be their biggest test in awhile.
After that, the Thunder will be on the road for four of their next five including at Miami and at Houston.
The winning streak won’t go on forever for the Thunder but don’t expect them to start losing in bunched either. This team has everything going for it right now and there’s really no reason to expect them to have less wins than any other team in the league this year.
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