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Oklahoma City Thunder Count on Durant

By Ron Dempster

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a terrible record at 23-59 in 08′-09′ – that didn’t stop the fans from attending the games because the team finished 11th in attendance.

Most of the source of any excitement in Oklahoma City, despite the team’s struggles, has to do with Kevin Durant. Additionally, the Thunder are still the new team in town in Oklahoma City, so the idea of a major sports franchise there is till a gift to the city’s residents. It’s the first of its kind.

Having formerly been the Sonics in Seattle, the basketball lovers in Seattle are still mourning the loss of their Sonics, but they may have to wait a while before they’ll get another NBA franchise. As for fans in Oklahoma City, they’ll be happy to have their Thunder, good or bad.

In Oklahoma City, fans are happy because of the presence of Kevin Durant. This is a player with all of the tools to be a top-3 player in the league, and he’s definitely headed down that path if his past two seasons are any indicator.

The Thunder won’t likely finish with a winning record in 09-10, but they’ll definitely rely on Kevin Durant as a source of winning games. He’ll be the team’s leading scorer, and might even be the top scorer in all of basketball.

Durant is the hope of this franchise, and the team’s success will definitely depend on his effectiveness. A very young basketball player, his best days are ahead of him, making things exciting for Thunder fans.

However, he’s not the only source of talent in Oklahoma City. Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook are two fine players and could easily contribute to a young core full of talented players.

Don’t be surprised to see Durant average over 25 points per game this season, and he may very well flirt with 30 points per game. He should easily be an All-Star this season and you never know – he might even win his team some games.

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