It’s time for the fan-voted OKC Thunder All-Decade team as we close the decade with your takes!
The decade is over. Can you believe it? Ten years have gone by in a blink. Today ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run, you’ve missed the starting gun. Okay, I promise this article will not only be quoting “Time” by Pink Floyd, or some sappy diatribe about how we are all growing older and are further away from the scrappy young OKC Thunder of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant than we have ever been.
Instead, let’s celebrate the decade with the fan-voted OKC Thunder All-Decade team.
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Throughout the last few weeks, I have put together my OKC Thunder All-Decade team, including the head coach, starting lineup, a sixth man. As promised, we put polls up on the Thunderous Intentions Twitter page for you to vote from the list of representatives as to who you think should make the squad. Surprisingly, we had a few differences.
As a reminder, my team started out by laying the foundation of a head coach. I picked Scott Brooks, the man that has seen the most success with the Boys in Blue and was the head man on the best years in Thunder history, especially this decade.
At point guard, it was a no brainer, I selected Russell Westbrook from a rather lackluster crop of candidates. His historic triple-doubles, high motor, rim-rattling dunks, and intensity will live on in Thunder lure for the history of this franchise.
At shooting guard, we ran into our first real toss-up of the All-Decade team. It basically came down to old school or new school? Thabo Sefolosha or Andre Roberson? I went with the more impactful, and better player this decade in Thabo Sefolosha.
At small forward, we ran into another no brainer, Kevin Durant. Despite how it ended, Durant is not only the best player to ever come through Oklahoma City, but the entire association.
Power Forward presented yet another toss-up, will you side with Serge Ibaka? The better player this decade, or Nick Collision? The man who embodies this city, and organization, was the first player to have his number hang in the rafters of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and oh yeah still made impact plays throughout the decade? As the man who penned a Nick Collison belongs in the Hall Of Fame article, it is easy to see where I landed.
At the center position, you had yet another coin toss, Kendrick Perkins or Steven Adams? Again, this fell into that old school or new school category, but I eventually landed on Steven Adams due to his All-Star upside and potential throughout his time in the decade. However, every vote for Kendrick Perkins, who taught Steven Adams everything he knows and helped usher in a winning culture to Bricktown, is a valid one.
Finally, at the sixth man slot, another position that lacks debate. The clear answer is James Harden, the only player to ever win the sixth man of the year award with the OKC Thunder.