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The Hubris Of The Oklahoma City Westbrooks

by Christopher Reina

Nov 16, 2016 2:07 PM

Russell Westbrook is a top-10 talent who plays his heart, soul and body out every night of the season, but the Thunder can't shake the ostensible reality they have one of the NBA's least talented and incompatible supporting casts around him. Read more »

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Victor Oladipo's $84M And The Continual Issues Of The NBA's Salary Cap System

by Colin McGowan

Nov 1, 2016 4:42 PM

Through one lens, Victor Oladipo may have just landed a contract that's a bit richer than he deserves. Through another, he's come out on top in a game that's rigged against him. Read more »

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Thunder Continue Anticlimactic Way To Build Around A Top-Five Player

by Michael Pina

Oct 31, 2016 10:09 PM

Even if Steven Adams and/or Victor Oladipo reach their potential, these deals still put a cap on Oklahoma City's ceiling while Russell Westbrook is a triple-double-averaging gargoyle. Read more »

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Five Question Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

How Tom Thibodeau will use Karl-Anthony Towns on offense, finding a backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner's fit with Portland, Quin Snyder's false ation offense and whether one of Denver's young guards will emerge as a foundational piece. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Colin McGowan

This is going to be a brutal 82-game slog into anti-heroicity. As a character study, it's intriguing. We're pretty sure we've accepted Russell Westbrook's flaws. He's going to test that acceptance, continually, for six months, until we break or he does. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

As the Wolves, Jazz and Nuggets look to end their playoff droughts with young rosters, the Blazers and Thunder focused on remaining playoff contenders amid major potential change. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Russell Westbrook, Thunder Agree Upon $85M Extension

by Christopher Reina

While Russell Westbrook may be stubbornly extending his time with the Thunder, the short-term prudence of the Thunder may set them back by not timing the start of their rebuild with the 2017 draft. Read more »
Why Russell Westbrook Chose His Uniquely Quixotic Task

by John Wilmes

While a superstar changing teams is always the more nuclear, news-exploding story, Russell Westbrook holding pattern in Oklahoma is just as dynamic a statement as Durant starting anew with the Warriors. Read more »
The Westbrook Revenge Tour

by Jonny Auping

Russell Westbrook's skillset is not totally void of system building. He might seem like the Tasmanian Devil, but he has definable talents that an entire offense can function around. Westbrook could become even more effective without Kevin Durant. Read more »
Russell Westbrook As Antihero On An Anti-Superteam

by Christopher Reina

Russell Westbrook playing as the unequivocal alpha and omega with a finely crafted set of elite role players is perhaps the ultimate fulfillment of his basketball destiny. Perhaps it is also the ultimate fulfillment of this asset-rich Celtics' era. Read more »
Team USA And The Genesis Of NBA Superteams

by Christopher Reina

Without the development of friendships as teammates and the on-court test drive of playing with each other as part of Team USA, the 2010 Heat and 2016 Warriors probably never happen. Read more »
A Basketball Capital Born In The Dust Considers What's Next

by John Wilmes

A small-market team fought for championships every year, gaining global prominence and pride as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook defied the long odds facing a multi-national entertainment product that stakes its identity in the middle of a state most known for its unbeautiful dust. Read more »
If It's Only About Golden State's Coronation

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Durant hasn't done anything wrong, per se, and he's created something we've never seen before, but the novelty of it will only carry us so far. Is this really going to be so wonderful to watch? Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Leaves Oklahoma City For The Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Signing Kevin Durant with an existing team so young and talented that just won a record-breaking 73 regular season games is an NBA miracle. Durant's legacy will now be playing within the greatest offense in the history of basketball and however many titles they win. Read more »
The Trade Value Of Russell Westbrook

by Michael Pina

What could the Thunder trade Russell Westbrook for in the final year of his contract if Kevin Durant signs elsewhere? We look at the seven teams who need a point guard and have an attractive package to offer. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Keith P Smith

The most important story in the NBA will on Oklahoma City until Kevin Durant makes a decision, and that domino will start the chain reaction around the league. Or it will simply delay until next summer when we get to do it all over again. Read more »
Leroux's 2016 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Headlined by the great drafts from the 76ers and Nuggets, we go team-by-team to breakdown how every GM did based on the opportunities available to them. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Thunder Trade Serge Ibaka To Magic

by Christopher Reina

Four years after trading away James Harden, the Thunder made a similar deal involving Serge Ibaka as they enter the most important offseason in franchise history. Read more »
Thunder Go Out As Golden State's Most Potent Antidote

by John Wilmes

The Thunder were this close to bridging the gap between excitement and satisfaction that has long defined them, and reversing many inevitabilities of the stylistic path the Warriors have sent the NBA down. Read more »
Durant, Westbrook And The Right, Liberated Role Players

by Christopher Reina

No superstar has ever left a team as talented as the Thunder and Kevin Durant will be betting on being so close to figuring out how they can get that final one percent of their role players right. Read more »