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The Oklahoma City Thunder proved to be one of the biggest surprises in the NBA when play stopped. OKC has clearly exceeded expectations with a record of 49-24 straight up, 40-24 against the spread and 30-33 under the total. The Thunder will restart their season on August 1 against the Utah Jazz as the fifth-place team in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City has overcome the departure of star players Russell Westbrook and Paul George with a team approach that emphasizes defense. Head coach Billy Donovan is an NBA Coach of the Year candidate.

The suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season could not have come at a worse time for the Oklahoma City Thunder. That is because OKC has stunned the NBA to become a certain playoff participant. The departures of SG Paul George and PG Russell Westbrook shook the Thunder and even more so gamblers to the core, who fled Oklahoma City and believed that they had no chance without their two best players. Instead the Thunder bought into coach Billy Donovan’s team concept and not only were in post season position but also were one of the most profitable teams on the NBA board.

Oklahoma City Thunder at a Glance

NBA Championship Odds: +5500 (Aug 16)

Western Conference Odds: +2800 (Aug 16)

Playoffs Series Prices

Oklahoma City Thunder +137

Houston Rockets -153

Playoff Preview

It will be a big reunion when the Thunder take on the Houston Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. James Harden cut his teeth with Oklahoma City before finding superstardom in Houston, and one of the biggest deals last offseason saw the Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul along with two first round picks and the right to swap two other first rounders.

Oklahoma City appeared to be rebuilding after parting ways with Westbrook and Paul George last summer, but the Thunder have been surprisingly good. CP3 has looked rejuvenated with this team, while both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari have been worthwhile additions as well. Dennis Schroder is one of the best sixth men in the league, so the Thunder have the chance to pull off the upset. OKC knocked off Houston in two of their three meetings in the regular season.

Season Review

As the NBA schedule suspension began the Thunder had a record of 40-24 straight up, 40-24 against the spread and 30-33 under the total. Oklahoma City was 23-8 vs. the line on the road and was 17-16 on the board at home. The Thunder covered 16 out of 30 games as a favorite while getting the cash in 24 out of 34 games as a dog. At the time that play had stopped OKC was in fifth place in the Western Conference, one game behind the Utah Jazz for fourth place and home court advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Overall NBA metrics have the Thunder ranked 19th for scoring offense, fifth for field goal percentage, seventh for free throw percentage, and 10th for scoring defense.

One good thing about the break is that SG Shai Gilgeous Alexander will have time to heal from a hip injury that put his status at day to day. Additionally, SF Darius Bazley was also day-to-day with a knee injury.

Alexander was the Thunder’s leading scorer at the time of the schedule suspension with 19.3 points per game, along with 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per outing. In just his second year in the Association, the first-round draft pick out of Kentucky has emerged as an NBA star.

PF Danilo Gallinari was right behind Alexander with 19.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. For the fourth time in five years Gallinari has averaged 18.2 points per game.

Another key contributor to the success of the Thunder has been PG Dennis Schroder, who was averaging 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.

PG Chris Paul adds to Oklahoma City being greater than the total sum of their parts. Paul is averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. The number one draft pick out of Wake Forest is a ten-time NBA All-Star, which included such honors this season.

C Steven Adams is averaging 10.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. The first round pick out of Pitt has quietly become a key contributor to the success of the Thunder.

If ever the old adage about coaches not having an impact in the NBA being wrong Billy Donovan is the man that shattered it. Donovan was faced the with seemingly impossible task of finding away to win at Oklahoma City after losing his two best players. Additionally, he had to sell the rest of the team on the possibility of success without George and Westbrook. Yet Donovan pulled it off. It is a testament to his coaching ability that he made the Thunder a threat against anyone that they faced, even in the face of public and media skepticism.

Donovan could win NBA coach of the year honors if the season does resume. Nobody has done more with less while getting his players to buy into a team first approach. Considering how the Cleveland Cavaliers ignored and ran off their rookie head man John Beilein, Donovan has proved that a good coach can make a transformational impact.

Oklahoma City Thunder Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2019-20 44-28 TBD
2018-19 49-33 Lost First Round
2017-18 48-34 Lost First Round
2016-17 47-35 Lost First Round
2015-16 55-27 Lost Western Conference Finals
2014-15 45-37 -
2013-14 59-23 Lost Western Conference Finals
2012-13 60-22 Lost Second Round
2011-12 47-19 Lost NBA Finals
2010-11 55-27 Lost Western Conference Finals
2009-10 50-32 Lost First Round
2008-09 23-59 -
2007-08 20-62 -
2006-07 31-51 -
2005-06 35-47 -
2004-05 52-30 Lost Second Round
2003-04 37-45 -
2002-03 40-42 -
2001-02 45-37 Lost First Round
2000-01 44-38 -
1999-00 45-37 Lost First Round
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