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Oklahoma City Thunder


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Full NameOklahoma City Thunder

Nick NameOKC Thunder

Founded1967

GroundChesapeake Energy Arena

Team Owner(s)Professional Basketball Club LLC (Clay Bennett, Chairman)

Prominent PlayersChris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder, Danilo Gallinari

ABOUT

Founded in the year 1967 as Seattle SuperSonics, the Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional basketball team representing Western Conference Northwest Division in the National Basketball Association. The home ground of the club is located at Paycom Center. It joined the NBA in the 1967-68 season to make its first attempt. They won their first NBA title in 1979 under the same brand name. In 2008, the franchise moved from Seattle to Oklahoma and approached the 2011-12 NBA final but lost to the Miami Heat. Currently, the Oklahoma City Thunder possesses one NBA championship, 4 Conference titles, and 11 Division titles.


Oklahoma City Thunder – Schedule


In the current Regular Season (2022-23), the Oklahoma City Thunder will play its next game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 8 (Thursday) at 06:30 AM.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lodged a marvelous victory against the Atlanta Hawks (121-114) in their previous clash on Tuesday. Here is the full schedule.

Oklahoma City Thunder Legends


Serge Ibaka


Born in 1989, Serge Ibaka is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketballer who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. He started his basketball career in inter-club tournaments and played in the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup in 2006. After that, Serge moved to France when he was 17 to join the second-division basketball team before shifting to Spain. In 2009, Serge Ibaka was purchased by the Oklahoma City Thunder under a two-year contract. He left the franchise to join the Orlando Magic in 2016. In terms of achievements, Serge Ibaka is an NBA champion (2019), 3-time NBA All-Defensive First Team and 2-time NBA Block Leader.


James Harden


James Harden also has provided NBA teams with exceptional basketball skills to help them earn good rewards in the league. He played college-level (Arizona State Sun Devils) basketball before the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed him with the third overall pick in the NBA draft in 2009. Harden played the franchise from 2009 to 2012 before serving the Houston Rockets from 2012 to 2021. He was selected as the NBA Most Valuable Player (2018) 10-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, NBA Sixth Man of the Year, NBA All-Rookie Second Team and many other awards.


Kevin Durant


Kevin Wayne Durant, also known as KD, is a professional basketball player who has played for several NBA teams. After playing college basketball (Texas Longhorns), he was picked by the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA draft in 2007 where he played 9 seasons. Kevin had a contract with the Golden State Warriors in 2016. During his entire career, KD was a 2-time NBA champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 12-time NBA All-Star, 4-time All-NBA Second Team, NBA Rookie of the Year and several other accomplishments.


Steven Adams


The New Zealand professional basketball sensation moved to the US in 2012 after playing a season with his hometown team the Wellington Saints. He joined the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft in 2013. He was a prominent center player for the side for six consecutive seasons. Steven signed a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2020 after serving OCT for seven years. Later, he moved to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2021. Steven Adams was an NBL champion, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, NBL Rookie of the Year, and Big East All-Rookie Team.

Russel Westbook


Born in 1988, Russel Westbook is a nine-time NBA All-Star and a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. He is also a nine-team All-NBA Team member, 5-time All-NBA Second Team, 2-time NBA scoring champion and has many other awards and recognition. The Seattle SuperSonics purchased the player in the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft in 2008. He represented the franchise from 2008 to 2019 before moving to the Houston Rockets in 2019.

History


Originally, the franchise was constructed as the Seattle SuperSonics and joined the NBA league in 1967-68. As the SuperSonics, the club managed to qualify for the NBA playoffs 22 times. It clinched six Division titles and played three NBA finals with a success in the 1979 NBA finals. Further, the team played first playoffs in the 2009-10 season after transforming itself to be the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. The first Division title came as the Thunders in the 2010-11 season and the first Conference title in the 2011-12 season. Collectively, the NBA franchise involves 4 Conference titles, 11 Division titles, and an NBA championship. However, the team has yet to register a triumph in the NBA finals in Oklahoma City.


Oklahoma City Thunder Coach


Mark Daigneault is the current head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the National Basketball Association. He started his coaching career as a student manager from 2003 to 2007 under Jim Calhoun. Mark was an assistant coach (2010-2014) of the Florida Gators and also the head coach (2014-2019) of the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA G League. It is affiliated with the OCT. He joined the franchise as an assistant coach during the 2019-20 season and was promoted to head coach in November 2020.

Oklahoma City Thunder Owner


Clay Bennett-headed Professional Basketball Club LLC owns the NBA franchise Oklahoma City Thunder. It also gets the Oklahoma City Blue (NBA G League affiliation) under its ownership. The Basketball Club of Seattle sold the Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Storm to PBC. After this, the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and began playing as the Oklahoma City Thunder from the 2008-09 season onwards. Besides the chairman Clay Bennett, PBC includes George B. Kaiser G. Jefferey Records, William M. Cameron, and Robert E. Howard II, Jay Scaramucci etc.

Oklahoma City Thunder Revenue


The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to register considerable profits season-by-season. Its balance sheet showed an operating income of 129 million US dollars in 2021-22. The same was recorded at US$48 million in the previous season.

Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors


Oklahoma City Thunder’s rookie Ousmane Dieng has come across a small and non-displaced fracture in his right wrist and will sit back for about six weeks.

Jalen Williams and Ousmane Dieng (12th and 11th pick in the draft) are made part of Adidas’s new class.

Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets


You can buy online tickets at Ticketmaster.com to witness Oklahoma City Thunder matches.

Oklahoma City Thunder Depth Chart


Starter2nd3rd4th5th
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderTre MannJosh Giddey--
Josh GiddeyIsaiah JoeAaron WigginsTre MannJalen Williams
Luguentz DortKenrich Williams (O)Jalen WilliamsAaron WigginsEugene Omoruyi
Jalen WilliamsAleksej PokusevskiDarius BazleyKenrich Williams (O)Eugene Omoruyi
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (O)Darius BazleyMike MuscalaAleksej PokusevskiJaylin Williams

O: Out


Oklahoma City Thunder – Roster 2022-23


NamePositionJersey Number
Darius BazleyPF55
Ousmane DiengF13
Luguentz DortSF5
Josh GiddeySG3
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderPG2
Chet HolmgrenPF7
Isaiah JoeSG11
Tre MannPG23
Mike MuscalaC33
Eugene OmoruyiF97
Aleksej PokusevskiF17
Jeremiah Robinson-EarlPF50
Lindy Waters IIIF12
Aaron WigginsSG21
Jalen WilliamsF8
Jaylin WilliamsF6
Kenrich WilliamsSF34


Find the roster chart here.


Oklahoma City Thunder – Record – Last 10 Years


SeasonDivision FinishConf. FinishRecordPlayoffs
2012-131st1st60-22Lost Conf. Semifinal
2013-141st2nd59-23Lost Conf. Final
2014-152nd9th45-37Didn’t Qualify
2015-161st3rd55-27Lost Conf. Final
2016-172nd6th47-35Lost First Round
2017-182nd4th48-34Lost First Round
2018-194th6th49-33Lost First Round
2019-202nd5th44-28Lost First Round
2020-215th14th22-50Didn’t Qualify
2021-225th14th24-58Didn’t Qualify


Oklahoma City Thunder – Championships


Since its inauguration in the 1967-68 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder are successful in conquering its sole NBA title in 1979. They have played three NBA finals so far. The club was unable to enter the playoffs during the first 7 seasons. It managed to play the final in 1978 for the first time but lost to the Washington Bullets. However, they lift the trophy in the subsequent season after beating the same opposition by 4-1. Additionally, the Oklahoma City Thunder also won 4 Conference titles in 1978, 1979, 1996, and 2012 and 11 Division titles.


Popularly Asked Questions

Who is the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder?


Mark Daigneault is the main coach of the franchise.

How many NBA championships have the Oklahoma City Thunder won?


Oklahoma City Thunder has only one NBA title to its name which they accomplished in 1978-79 by defeating the Washington Bullets in the final.

When was the NBA team Oklahoma City Thunder established?


The Oklahoma City Thunder was formed in 1967 in Seattle as Seattle SuperSonics. They moved to Oklahoma in 2008 to participate in the league as Oklahoma City Thunder.

Where does the Oklahoma City Thunder play its home contests?


The NBA club Oklahoma City Thunder plays its home games at Paycom Center to enjoy the cheering of local spectators.

Who are the key players who played for the Dallas Mavericks?


Gus Williams, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Jeremy Lamb and Kendrick Parkins are some of the prominent personalities of the side.

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