Based off of what the Thunder had done the previous two seasons and in the draft, not to mention how well their rebuilding schematic fit with the Blazers’ path a few years earlier, my expectation (along with the data suggested) was that the Thunder would be considered to be on schedule for their rebuilding effort if they could win between 34-35 games this season. Anything more, even 38-40 wins would have signaled a monumental leap forward.
Wait, Hollinger predicts the Thunder to win 51 games this year?
Needless to say, 33 wins by February 21st was not even a possibility because, well, there was absolutely no reason to think that this team could make such a huge leap from one year to the next. In short, no one saw this coming (and those who claim that they saw the Thunder sitting ALONE as the 5th seed in the Western Conference are either lying or exaggerating the “improvement” they expected to see from the team).
So what happened? And what are we supposed to think? Keep Reading…