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Oklahoma City has been home to the NBA’s Thunder since 2008. Prior to that, this franchise was based out of Seattle as the SuperSonics. A team that was well-loved in their home city, Seattle boasted a championship from 1979 where they defeated the Washington Bullets in five games after having lost to them in the Finals the year before.
Following that great run, Seattle was a perennial contender, advancing to the Conference Finals four more times, resulting in one additional Finals appearance after the 1995-1996 season. They would lose to the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls in six games. Their last few seasons in Seattle saw the team struggle, including their last season which featured the worst record in team history. However, hope was on the horizon with the arrival of 2007 second overall draft pick Kevin Durant. Bringing him into the mix had fans excited, but the contentious move to Oklahoma City after the sale of the team left the SuperSonics fan base devastated. All remnants of the past were left behind in Seattle.
Nevertheless, the NBA season continued with a new team in a new city. The Oklahoma City Thunder were named in reference to their location in Tornado Alley, and the Thunderbirds, the US Army’s 45th Infantry Division which is based in Oklahoma City. Featuring Durant in tow as the super star anchor of the club, the Thunder had reached the playoffs by 2010 and made an appearance in the NBA Finals in 2012. They were aided by Russell Westbrook, drafted fourth overall in 2008, just six days before they became the Thunder) and James Harden selected third overall in 2009. These high draft picks translated into superstar power that propelled this team.
Though Harden would be traded to Houston and Durant would leave for Golden State in free agency, Westbrook and company continue to work towards bringing home the first NBA Championship in Oklahoma City. Having Paul George traded to the Thunder in 2017 was a boost for this squad as he brings his amazing skills to the court each night. Terrance Ferguson, Jerami Grant, and Steven Adams round out the talent in OKC.
This franchise has been no strangers to superstar talent, whether in Seattle or Oklahoma City. Among the very best to play for the Seattle SuperSonics and/or Oklahoma City Thunder include Russell Westbrook, Ray Allen, Kevin Durant, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Paul George, and James Harden. Additional Information about the Oklahoma City Thunder can be obtained by clicking here.