The Rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Madden Rausch, Staff Writer


From the year 2010-2018, the Thunder were always competing for titles and were strong, good teams, and rarely rotated coaches. With stars like Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka, they had a bright future. Fast forward to 2019-2022 none of those players remained. They had officially gone for a rebuild and a legendary amount of draft picks, 33 to be exact. They then went to draft pieces for the future like Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren. It seemed as if they have a core set out with the most underrated players in the NBA, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lugeuntz Dort and that vision is being shown this season.

2022-2023 Season (so far):

This season has been a great step in the direction of the Thunder with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander becoming an MVP candidate, Josh Giddey taking the next step in becoming a top-flight guard, and the team meshing really well. They have kept most of the games reasonably close and have fought really really hard against adversity. They are not the best team, heck they aren’t even above .500, but they have a legitimate chance to make the play-in/playoffs this season. This is the best season in years and the team as of now is 1 game back from the 6th seed in the Western Conference.

Future of the Thunder:

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s future is quite good with stars and talent rising through the ranks. Mark Daigneult is a way better coach in year 3, we’re getting consistent offensive production, a solid defense, and so many draft picks. This year, if the Thunder were to continue the run of form and make the play-in/playoffs, then they would be playing with House Money and big ambitions. Either way, as a fan, because this is a really good change in the year. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is going to be here for a while after signing a 5-year, 173 million-dollar contract which is huge for the Thunder’s plans and he’s only 24 years old. If he continues to play like this, then he could be on a hall-of-fame trajectory. Even if we miss the playoffs, I’m really excited for this team!