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Are the OKC Thunder a legitimate title contender? Published: October 9, 2013

Life as a young Western Conference power on the verge of collecting championships for a decade was pretty short and sweet, wasn't it?

It's fair to wonder that about the Thunder and whether the team's outlook has changed. Is Oklahoma City worse off than two years ago when Kevin Durant and friends found themselves leading the Heat 1-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals? The easy answer: Yes. But things are, of course, more complicated, according to

The preseason will begin to unlock some clues about where the Thunder are going, what shape they're in and if they're still in the title mix or will need more help to remake themselves into a team built for late June.

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