Oklahoma City Thunder: National media's opinions

Oklahoman Published: February 22, 2009
"Though a few West teams are slowly heading downward, it’s still going to be tough to make the playoffs in the West over the next couple of years. I’d expect next year to be one they win 33 to 39 games, then have their breakout year in 2010-11.” — Sean Deveney, Sporting News

"Durant is proving that it’s not too early to call him a superstar and the Thunder has an excellent but young supporting cast. It’s going to be difficult to break into the top eight in the West. But if the Thunder uses that top draft pick perhaps in a trade for a veteran free agent in his late 20s, the process could be accelerated.” — Jan Hubbard, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

(on Sam Presti)
"Sam Presti knows what he’s doing in terms of putting the right pieces in place and building with youth. I was as stunned as everyone else that Tyson Chandler suddenly turned into Malik Rose but the (Thabo) Sefolosha deal was a very nice move. That guy can do a little of everything — score, defend, etc. He will be a nice upgrade for them at the 2.” — Chris Sheridan, ESPN

"Sam Presti has done a fantastic job quickly making the Thunder from nothing into something with an athletic young team.

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