The OKC Thunder have been in the midst of a rebuild for the past few seasons. After a surprising 2019-20 season led by Chris Paul, the Oklahoma City Thunder shipped off everything that was not bolted down and elected to start their rebuild.
A process that was quicker than expected. After the 2021 and 2022 NBA Draft classes were selected, the Oklahoma City Thunder returned to the postseason during yet another surprise campaign.
After being pegged for twenty (20!) wins by some, the OKC Thunder were able to make a leap to 40 wins and earn a spot in the NBA Play-In tournament. After knocking off the Pelicans on the road, the Thunder fell to the Timberwolves to finish a game shy of the NBA Playoffs.
Golden State Warriors dynastic bench boss Steve Kerr gives a massive compliment to OKC Thunder.
That surprise season led to a preseason hype train, the likes of which Oklahoma City has hardly seen. A year removed from being labeled the “Black Eye of the League,” even the fanbase’s most prominent media foe projected the Thunder to finish in the top four of the spicy Western Conference.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping to build a dynastic, similar to the Golden State Warriors, who primarily drafted their core aside from that league-shattering signing of Kevin Durant that still haunts OKC Thunder fans.
Steve Kerr has pioneered that Warriors group and even found a way to deal with a ton of adversity and manage Hall of Fame level players en route to four titles and still championship contention to this date. Kerr gave high praise to the OKC Thunder last week.
The Oklahoma City Thunder earn high praise from the future Hall of Fame bench boss: “[The OKC Thunder] are coming. Everyone can feel it.” Kerr said while explaining, “They are loaded with talent and extremely well coached.”
With the embarrassment of riches Sam Presti has at his disposal in the form of draft capital and the best young collection of talent in the NBA, the OKC Thunder are in prime position for another decade run of successful basketball.
Perhaps this team has what it takes to top what the first wave of talent was able to accomplish in Bricktown. While a lofty goal, people within the NBA walls are not shying away from crowning this Thunder group as next up.