It’s my new yearly thing: Reckless, wild speculation on how the Thunder’s season will play out. Last year after I went through the schedule month-by-month, I landed on 52 wins for Oklahoma City, which wasn’t too far off. And I felt like that was even a bit optimistic.
So that makes two straight years I’ve undersold the Thunder. I’m going to try and not do that this year, hence why I came up with a 78-4 record. Or something close to that. Let’s break the schedule down in pieces. (If there is a season disclaimer blah blah blah.)
Nov. 1 – 18 (at the LA Lakers, at Phoenix, Indiana, at Dallas, at New York, at Chicago, Toronto, at Charlotte, New Jersey, Denver)
A lot could happen for the Thunder in the first 10 games. They could start slow against the slew of quality opponents and go 3-7. They could break even. Or they could go something like 8-2 and skyrocket to the top of every power rankings poll on the Internet. In those first 10 games, OKC takes on six playoff teams from last year, has six games on the road, which includes the first five of six away from The Peake.
We could really learn a lot about this team and where it stands early on. Of course the season is long and things change, but the last time we saw these guys, they came up just short in the Western Finals, which is pretty big time. Will they pick up where they left the season and use that elimination as motivation to fire out of the gates looking for blood? Or will they be looking for an identity, especially after all the Durant-Westbrook chatter? I have no idea how those first 10 will play out, but they are going to be fascinating. Keep Reading…