The Oklahoma City Thunder were known as the Seattle Supersonics from 1967-2008. At this
point, the city of Seattle could simply not give their NBA team the financial support that was
required. As a result, the franchise was moved and renamed to Oklahoma. The teams will
share their history, so in theory the Thunder have won eight division titles, four conference
titles, and one NBA championship in 1979. The 90's was a great decade for the old Seattle
Supersonics, with the team reaching four division title wins yet only managing to convert
that into one NBA finals appearance. That second NBA title never came. Yet fans would buy
Oklahoma City Thunder tickets in great numbers when they went by their old Seattle name.
The new team based in Oklahoma has already got a very powerful and passionate fan base.
People wondered if Oklahoma would take to a basketball team, but they have responded
brilliantly. Oklahoma City Thunder tickets sales are through the roof for home games and
even more so when it comes to playoff season.
2010 was the year when the Thunder emerged from their slumber and turned out to be
a true contender. While the franchise never had the financial might of the others, they
managed to draft brilliantly, much to the delight of Oklahoma City Thunder tickets holders.
They got Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, and Thabo Sefolosha
all within a couple of years. This team is one of the youngest, most powerful, and most
energetic in the entire NBA and Oklahoma City Thunder tickets holders are delighted they
get to see them in action. They have already made the playoffs twice and went all the way to
5 games with the Miami Heat in the 2011-2012 NBA Finals before succumbing to the quality
of LeBron James and co.
The Oklahoma City Thunder moved to the Chesapeake Energy Arena when the team came
from Seattle. The arena can hold 18,203 basketball fans for home games. Oklahoma City
Thunder tickets have no trouble selling out for these games.
As stated earlier, there was some doubting whether a move to Oklahoma was smart. The
area had never had a basketball team in this capacity before. However, the fans were
delighted that their area got a team with the illustrious history of the Seattle Supersonics.
Fans have turned up in their thousands to buy Oklahoma City Thunder tickets and many fans
end up being unable to attend games, such is the demand for tickets.
Despite being a young team, the Thunder fans have huge ambitions. While they are very
happy to buy Oklahoma City Thunder tickets, they have a great desire for the team to
become NBA champions. The fans also pride themselves in the fact their team has been built
from genius draft picks, not by spending on huge contracts for established superstars. In
Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder tickets holders get to see the NBA's leading scorer
in action. Russell Westbrook is an admirable and athletic point guard who can supply passes
and score huge numbers as well.
Perry Jones III has come to the team in the 2012 draft and fans will be hoping he is another
young superstar. The team of Durant, Westbrook, and Harden may not stay together
forever, so fans will be hoping the next couple of years brings an NBA title. This will be
difficult, though, with the Miami Heat having the "big three" and the Lakers building a new
super team with Kobe, Gasol, and Artest being joined by Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
11-28-13: The Thunder picked up a big win on Wednesday night at home against the San Antonio Spurs, to improve their record to 10-3 on the year. It was the fifth straight win for OKC. Kevin Durant had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Serge Ibaka had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and Reggie Jackson scored 23 off the bench. Despite Russell Westbrook shooting just 2-16 from the floor, Oklahoma City picked up the emphatic win. The Thunder is currently sitting in the 3-seed in the West.
11-22-13: The Oklahoma City Thunder will always be elite as long as they have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook teamed up together. Each time you think that OKC may be slipping, Durant comes out and wipes the floor with his competition. The Thunder won their third straight game on Thursday night after Durant dropped 28 on the Los Angeles Clippers, to improve Oklahoma City’s overall record to 8-3. KD is averaging his most points per game (29.5) in over four years and is averaging a career high 5.5 assists per game. The evolution of Kevin Durant.
11-15-13: The Oklahoma City Thunder still stand strong at 5-3 through three weeks, but have had some difficult beating the elite teams out west of late. Two straight losses to the Clippers and Warriors may have slightly exposed OKC as a team that can’t finish games on defense. Defense continues to be their achilles heel, overall, as the Thunder have given up 100+ points in four straight contests.
11-8-13: Russell Westbrook returned way earlier than anyone anticipated (knee), propelling the Thunder to two straight wins and a 3-1 overall record through their first four games. OKC still needs a third scorer off the bench they can rely on and may need to swing a trade later in the year to get it, but for the moment they appear to have enough talent to get locked and loaded for another deep post-season run.
11-1-13: As in the 2013 playoffs, Oklahoma City is without Russell Westbrook at the beginning of this regular season. With James Harden in Houston, Kevin Durant will have to take the reins early on in 2013-14. The Thunder brought most of last season’s roster into this year, as they hope for better luck with injuries this time around. Reggie Jackson takes Westbrook’s role for now after impressing in the preseason with his shot and propensity to get to the free-throw line. Another man in Oklahoma City that had a strong preseason showing was Serge Ibaka, who needs to step up this season if this team wants to raise the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.
10-21-13: The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-1 through five preseason games with the only loss coming at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans 105-102 in the fourth game. Reggie Jackson has led the team in assists in three of the five games and leads the team in assists per game through the preseason, which will be important for the Thunder during the regular season while Russell Westbrook is out. Jackson also led Oklahoma City in scoring in two of those games, with Kevin Durant as the scoring leader in the other three and through the preseason. The Thunder have two preseason games remaining:
- Oct 22 at Phoenix
- Oct 23 vs Chicago
8-23-13: Expectations for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season were Finals or bust. Missing in that scenario was, “Your all-world point guard has season ending surgery”. With Russell Westbrook expected to be back at full health this season, the expectations for the ultimate success are back. Kevin Martin moved on to Minnesota and his spot in the rotation was filled from within, as Jeremy Lamb will be relied on for production. The Thunder selected the 7-foot Steven Adams with the 10th overall pick, who will get a shot to back up Kendrick Perkins. With the 26th overall pick, the Thunder selected the undersized, yet scrappy forward Andre Roberson.
Oklahoma City will open their home season schedule on Sunday, November 3rd against the Phoenix Suns. The Houston Rockets and James Harden will return to OKC on Sunday, December 29th and again on Tuesday, March 11th. Lob City will visit Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 21st as well as on Sunday, February 23rd. The Miami Heat will make their sole appearance in OKC on Thursday, February 20th.
Key Home Games:
- November 3rd – Phoenix Suns
- November 27th – San Antonio Spurs
- December 13th – Los Angeles Lakers
- December 29th – Houston Rockets
- February 20th – Miami Heat
8-18-13: Following last year's disappointing season, forward Kendrick Perkins has spent the offseason working out in an attempt to turn his career around.
He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month.
Kevin Durant dropped 63 points in the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am game in Seattle last week. This was the first time he played in Seattle since his rookie year and he clearly didn't disappoint.
Thunder 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 12: C Steven Adams, Pittsburgh.
Round 1, Pick 26: SF Andre Roberson, Colorado (from Golden State/Houston). Round 2, Pick 2: SG Alex Abrines, Spain.
6-12-13: The season started out promising for the Thunder but ended rather prematurely. After winning 60 games and locking up the top seed in the west, the Thunder braced for a series against the Houston Rockets. All was well until all-star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a season ending knee injury during a controversial hustle play with an opponent. Without Westbrook, the Thunder were able to advance to the next round before being ousted by the Memphis Grizzles. In an unusual case, the Thunder will actually select in the draft amongst the lottery teams, in the 12th slot. This should only continue their impressive resume of home grown talent.
2-20-13: The Thunder are 39-14 and losers of two straight, but there is little to worry about in Oklahoma these days. As the team travels to Houston for their first game since the all-star break, they will look to improve on their current first place position by increasing their lead over division rivals. After playing Houston the Thunder will return home for a 3 game mini home stand. League leading scorer and MVP candidate Kevin Durant has been leading the way for the Thunder averaging 29 points per game, despite Russell Westbrook bring the team’s leading shot taker. Many have criticized this fact but the fact5 that remains is that the Thunder are championship contenders.
11-26-12: The Thunder has jumped out to a strong 10-4 start this season as they gear up to make another run at the title. With Kevin Durant putting up MVP-type numbers, OKC prepares for a three game home stand against the Bobcats, Rockets and Jazz. Despite the trade of James Harden, the Thunder still score 103 points per game which is second best in the entire league. With a week of winnable games, expect the Thunder to remain in first place through the all-star break and beyond.