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Team Overview

Oklahoma City Thunder

2009-10 Record: 50-32

Fourth place, Northwest Division

Lost in first round to Lakers

Draft History
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
3. James Harden 4. Russell Westbrook 2. Kevin Durant 10. Mouhamed Sene 25. Johan Petro
25. Rodrigue Beaubois 24. Serge Ibaka 31. Carl Landry 40. Denham Brown 48. Mickael Gelabale
32. Walter Sharpe 35. Glen Davis 53. Yotam Halperin 55. Lawrence Roberts
46. Trent Plaisted
50. DeVon Hardin
56. Sasha Kaun

Offensive
105.8 (12)

Defensive
101.6 (8)

Under contract
F/C Nick Collison
F Kevin Durant
F Jeff Green
G James Harden
C Serge Ibaka
C Nenad Krstic
G Eric Maynor
C Byron Mullens
G Thabo Sefolosha
G Kyle Weaver
G Russell Westbrook
F D.J. White

Free agents
G Mustafa Shakur (restricted)
G Kevin Ollie (unrestricted)
F Etan Thomas (unrestricted)

Areas of Strength:
Youth, enthusiasm and, well, they're pretty good. Scoring champ Durant is an MVP contender. Westbrook is becoming one of the league's top playmakers. Expect a big year from Ibaka.

Needs Work:
Lacking a true low-post scorer to complement Durant, who excels at setting up and scoring from the perimeter. Among the poorer 3-point shooting teams in league.

Two Stats That Matter:
4
-- Players who started all 82 games (Durant, Westbrook, Green and Sefolosha)

27 -- Improvement in wins from 2008-09 to last season (23-50)

The way to go:
With four picks, three between 21 and 32, there are a lot of way for the Thunder to go. General manager Sam Presti can continue to stockpile talent, adding to an already deep roster of youngsters. Calculated gambles can be made on selecting players who remain overseas for a year or two. Picks can be packaged, along with players, if OKC wants to make a splash via the trade route. The franchise also has significant cap space, furthering the potential for blockbuster moves. If Durant is locked up to an extension this summer, something the scoring champ and front office are open to, the rest should fall into place nicely. An MVP contender to build around and options galore is every GM's dream.

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