Oklahoma City NBA fans will have a lot to celebrate this season. The Thunder will experience the league’s second-best improvement, second only to the Miami Heat. But collecting 12 more wins than the Sonics recorded last season in Seattle will be bittersweet. →Finishing 32-50 will give fans hope the playoffs are a realistic goal in a season or two, but the playoffs also will be a reminder what could have been. → A couple months after Thunder players return to off-season homes, the New Orleans Hornets, the team Oklahoma City adopted for two years, will win the NBA Championship, defeating Boston in six games in the NBA Finals. → Oklahoma City fans will yearn for Chris Paul and David West. But local fans will be comforted, knowing Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook form a solid foundation for the future. → Around the league, LeBron James will win his first MVP award but many will claim Paul deserved the honor. → The league-wide trend will be more parity. No team will win 60 games while most teams will be in the 30- to 55-win range. → Out West, the Rockets will be a major factor if they stay healthy. The Spurs remain a viable contender but the Western finals will match the Hornets and Lakers. The Mavericks, Suns and Nuggets start to fade while the Jazz and Trail Blazers join the Hornets as young teams on the rise. → In the East, the Heat will make the playoffs as the No. 7 seed with a healthy Dwayne Wade and Rookie of the Year Michael Beasley. Boston and Detroit remain the top two powers. Cleveland once again is a playoff force. But the team on the rise is the 76ers, bolstered by the addition of Elton Brand. → Finally, the Thunder will rank among the league attendance leaders. The vast majority of games, if not every game, will be a sellout. After 41 roof-lifting Ford Center moments, the No. 1 reason Oklahoma City fans can celebrate is the NBA is back in town. And this time it’s their team. (Cue AC/DC’s Thunderstruck).