Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Championship Betting Odds

Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Championship Betting Odds

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There is a lot to be excited about if you are an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. Sam Presti is arguably the best general manager in the game, and he has done an excellent job building a future for the franchise. Oklahoma City received quite the haul for Paul George and Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder will have lots of young talent coming into the franchise over the next several years. They have two first-round picks in 2023, four first-round picks in 2024, four first-round picks in 2025, three first-round picks in 2026, and two first-round picks in 2027. That’s a mouth watering 15 first-round picks over the next five years, giving this franchise a lot of options.

Oklahoma City Thunder at a Glance

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The Thunder used the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft on Chet Holmgren. The lanky center out of Gonzaga is a solid passer and a surprisingly good defender given his lack of bulk. Holmgren is one of the pieces that Presti wants to build a future contender around, but there are plenty of skeptics given his frame. OKC also added Ousmane Dieng after acquiring him in a draft day trade with the New York Knicks.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the leader of this team. SGA averaged 24.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 5.9 APG last season, and he led the Thunder in PER. He isn’t a great three-point shooter, but he is still one of the most underrated guards in the NBA.

Josh Giddey showed a lot of promise as a rookie last season. Giddey averaged 12.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 6.4 APG for the Thunder, making sure that he was involved in the game although he wasn’t a great shooter. He has the potential to be a solid second guard for most teams in the NBA, but the Thunder do need to find someone that can hit threes.

OKC signed Luguentz Dort to a five-year contract this offseason to keep its young core together. There’s no denying that they overpaid for Dort, but he is an excellent defender and a very good teammate.

Oklahoma City Thunder Seasons (2000)

2021-22 24-58 -
2020-21 22-50 -
2019-20 44-28 Lost First Round
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 Conference Finals
2014-15 45-37 -
2013-14 59-23 Lost Conference Finals
2012-13 60-22 Lost Second Round
2011-12 47-19 Lost NBA Finals
2010-11 55-27 Lost 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 -
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Since their move to Oklahoma City from Seattle in 2008, the Thunder have been a consistent playoff team. They made the NBA Finals in just their fourth season in Oklahoma, and they made the playoffs in 10 of their first 12 years in their new home.

Whereas most teams that moved from one destination didn’t leave much behind, this franchise left a lot in the rear-view mirror as the Seattle SuperSonics were beloved and had a decent bit of success. The SuperSonics were founded in 1967 and made it to the NBA Finals in 1978 and 1979. They lost their first finals appearance to the Washington Bullets in seven games, but they won the rematch the following year to claim their first NBA championship.

Seattle was a perennial contender in the 1990s with Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton. The Rain Man and The Glove only made it to the NBA Finals one time, but they won 55 games or more for six straight seasons.

Clay Bennett led a consortium that bought the franchise in 2006. Bennett and his group had seen that basketball could work in Oklahoma City after the New Orleans Hornets played in OKC for two years following Hurricane Katrina, and the Thunder had two superstars to build around after taking Kevin Durant No. 2 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft and Russell Westbrook No. 4 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Oklahoma City was a title contender for a half-decade with Durant and Westbrook, but the Thunder gave us one of the biggest What If scenarios in the modern-day NBA after they traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets after the 2012 season. Harden established himself as a future Hall of Famer in Houston, and that move was part of why Durant wanted out of OKC.

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