NBA Handicapping: What Do We Make of the Thunder?
One could make a very strong argument that over the last three years, the Oklahoma City Thunder has been the best team in the Western Conference. They have beaten the Spurs consistently, and they have the best player in the conference, too. But what do we make of them this year? The Thunder have been flying under the radar to some extent in the early part of 2013. They have not been attracting the kind of attention that one might expect of a team that sports a championship pedigree.
The Thunder still have young talent in their prime. This has not changed. Despite his injury, Russell Westbrook is still one of the most explosive players in the NBA. Kevin Durant remains a steady and spectacular scorer that can take over any game at any time. Serge Ibaka has even emerged as an offensive and defensive threat, giving the Thunder three guys who can win a game for them on a given night. So why are they not getting the attention that they deserve?
It could be because they have let people down before. The Thunder, despite their talent, have not been able to put things together in order to win an NBA title. This means that people have written them off a little bit. This is a fool’s game, though. If you are serious about winning with your NBA picks, then you will see this as an opportunity to put some money down on Oklahoma City. With the same core of talent in place and a system that works, the Thunder are a dark horse to win it all, and given where public perception is on them right now, they are likely a good bet to win each and every night, too.