Allow me to recap the Thunder’s last nine months as quickly as possible:
They traded James Harden to Houston in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and a lottery pick. They went on to win 60 games securing homecourt advantage in the West, notch a near historic margin of victory, finish top five in both offense and defense, then take a mostly effortless 2-0 series lead over the Rockets in round one.
Then Russell Westbrook — one of the eight best players on planet earth — got hurt and the Thunder scratched their way to finishing off the Rockets, then fell to the Grizzlies in five games, with the series being excruciatingly close, but at the same time developing a potential bench stud in Reggie Jackson.
The offseason came, they drafted a project big with the No. 12 pick, let their third-leading scorer walk in free agency, flirted with a few names on the open market before ultimately deciding to trust in their plan and hope that Jackson and Lamb could handle business off the bench because, you know, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Keep Reading…