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News » Despite bad start, Thunder on rise

Despite bad start, Thunder on rise

Despite bad start, Thunder on rise
Better roster. Better fan support. Better record.

That was my logic when I predicted a 32-50 finish in October. Obviously, my original prediction was way too optimistic.

Despite a woeful 3-29 start, the Thunder is a team on the rise. Talk of Oklahoma City challenging the 76ers for the worst all-time record has dissipated.

Based on improved play in recent weeks my adjusted W-L record is 23-59.

Regardless of the final win total, this is a young team with a bright future.

Kevin Durant is among the league scoring leaders, an emerging star worthy of All-Star status next season.

Jeff Green's average could improve by 6.0 points a game to 16.5. Green could drain 100 3-pointers, 80 more than last season.

Russell Westbrook is a Rookie of the Year candidate, most likely the franchise's third All-Rookie selection in two seasons.

Nenad Krstic was a good addition. Sam Presti has three first-round picks and salary cap space for a free agent.

The big question isn't how many wins OKC will post this season, it's when will the Thunder be a viable playoff contender?

Next season would be asking too much, but competing for a playoff berth in 2010-11 is a realistic goal.

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Added: January 21, 2009


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