ESPN.com’s Summer Forecast is rolling along and today, it’s the Western Conference. Coming off a disappointing injury-filled 45-win season in 2014-15, the Thunder seem to be a bit overlooked right now.
The Thunder are pegged to win 55 games and finish fifth in the West, behind the Warriors, Spurs, Clippers and Rockets.
(If you’re unfamiliar with how ESPN Forecast works, it’s basically a big panel of people all voting, with an averaged score.)
Of note: When Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are healthy, the Thunder win some 71 percent of the time. That’s 58-ish wins. There are certainly some questions and potential issues the team will have to sort through this season, but if it’s me, I’m taking the over on the forecast’s number.