Think back to how you defined success for the Thunder two seasons ago. It looked something like this for me: 35 wins, a winning home record, an All-Star game for Kevin Durant and maybe a handful of wins over good teams.
Instead the Thunder blew that all out of the water, winning 50 games while storming to the postseason.So I tried to set the bar high for 2010-11. Something like a Northwest Division title (check), 55 wins (check), homecourt advantage for a series in the playoffs (check) and maybe even a playoff series win (check).
And wouldn’t you know it, they blew that away too. Oklahoma City won not one, but two postseason series en route to coming up just short at a shot for an NBA title.
So when I got started thinking about trying to set a realistic bar to define success, I figured only the wise thing to do would be to stick with the theme and say success is winning the Western Conference and playing for an NBA title. That way the Thunder could blow the top off that and take the whole thing.
See how smart I am?
But seriously, how do we define success at this point? Is it championship or bust? Are we really that spoiled that we feel that the Thunder are in a win-now situation? Or do we all still have our wits about us keeping reasonable expectations within sight? Keep Reading…