The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the halfway point as the second seed in a brutal Western Conference.
They are one of three teams (along with Boston and Philadelphia) to rank in the top six in both Offensive and Defensive Rating, so success has been found on both sides of the ball.
Essentially, the Thunder morphed from a hopeful playoff squad to a legitimate title contender in the span of about 40 games. That’s an astonishing feat for any team, much less an extremely young one.
3 Crazy stats from the OKC Thunder season at the halfway point in the NBA season.
As for individual accolades, there is a chance that the team takes home five regular season awards. They are either the frontrunner or the second choice in all of the following categories:
Most Valuable Player (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander), Clutch Player of the Year (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander), Defensive Player of the Year (Chet Holmgren), Rookie of the Year (Chet Holmgren), and Coach of the Year (Mark Daigneault)
Additionally, Jalen Williams has shot up the Most Improved leaderboard and likely cracks the top five soon. However, it’s unlikely that Williams catches Tyrese Maxey.
Overall, the eye test certainly paints a bright future for the Thunder this season, but what do the metrics say? Which areas are they statistically dominating?
Check out three impressive stats that inspire optimism for a deep playoff run.