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Oklahoma City

Thunder

Northwest

2009-10 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
105.8101.6
12th Overall8th Overall
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2009-10 Season Stats

W

50

L

32

PCT

.610

GB

3.0

CONF

28-24

DIV

9-7

HOME

27-14

ROAD

23-18

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Franchise stud Kevin Durant led the league in scoring before leading the U.S. team. Jeff Green is better than serviceable. Nenad Krstic is being pushed by Serge Ibaka.

A-

BckCourt
Russell Westbrook has emerged as one of the top playmakers around going into his third season. Thabo Sefolosha complements as the perimeter defensive stopper.

B+

Defense
Improvement here fueled the 27-game jump and playoff berth. One of the league's best in field-goal percentage defense and rebounding.

A

Bench
Solid core of holdovers -- James Harden, Eric Maynor and Nick Collison -- get reinforcements in Daequan Cook, Royal Ivey and rookie Cole Aldrich.

B

Coaching
What's Scott Brooks going to do for an encore? In his first full season on the job, Brooks took home the Coach of the Year award. Preached defense and belief all season.

A

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A

Summary

Thunder went from being a team with potential to a contender in the span of a year. They pushed the defending champion Lakers to six games in the first round despite being the eighth seed. They're aiming higher this season.

Durant gets the majority of the headlines, and deservedly so after being the youngest player ever to win a scoring title. He relishes the role as a leader, always putting the team above his individual success. But Durant is hardly alone in the elite department. Westbrook, a teammate at the FIBA World Championships, is a budding All-Star.

The Thunder went into the offseason armed with cap space and Draft picks, but general manager Sam Presti stuck with the organization's deliberate plan of sustained growth. Instead of foolishly fishing for those big catches in free agency, OKC locked up its own with Durant staying halfway through the next decade. Smart.

-- Art Garcia

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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