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Early slate favors the Thunder

By Mike Baldwin Published: October 19, 2008

ere is enough depth for a decent 10-man rotation. Kevin Durant and Jeff Green should play better their second seasons. Adding veterans Desmond Mason and Joe Smith will help. Center Johan Petro is making major strides.

There’s another huge benefit — home-court advantage. Playing 41 in the Ford Center will benefit the Thunder similar to momentum the Hornets gained their two seasons in Oklahoma City.

One fan e-mailed to say the Thunder "is a really bad team” but the silver lining was Oklahoma City should have the first or second pick which might allow general manager Sam Presti to draft OU star Blake Griffin.

No need to be that pessimistic. Oklahoma City probably will finish with a losing record. But with a manageable early season schedule, and Ford Center home-court advantage, the Thunder could win a lot more games than most people think.