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John Rohde: A Thunder season no one saw coming

By John Rohde Modified: April 15, 2010 at 5:01 am •  Published: April 15, 2010

ppens all the time, including Wednesday.

Some things I never thought I would see or hear this season in the Ford Center:

→The postseason.

→The repeated chant of "M-V-P” from the home crowd.

→The same four players starting all 82 games.

→Sophomore Russell Westbrook improving so much so fast.

→Rookie James Harden being so poised and such a solid rebounder and playmaker.

→Rookie Serge Ibaka averaging more than 18 minutes, shooting 54.3 percent from the field and blocking 97 shots in 73 games.

→Rookie Eric Maynor being in a Thunder uniform at all, let alone sparking Wednesday’s victory with 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.

Some things I actually did envision:

→Durant threatening for the scoring title.

→Thabo Sefolosha being considered one of the league’s top defenders.

→Jeff Green being more valuable than people seem to realize.

→Nick Collison and Nenad Krstic proving they are valuable commodities.

→The Thunder excelling in home attendance (seventh in capacity).

→Scott Brooks being a Coach-of-the-Year candidate and Sam Presti being up for Executive of the Year, but that was with an 11-win improvement from last season, not a 27-game bump that ties for the eighth-biggest turnaround in NBA history.

All in all, and for all the right reasons, the 2009-10 season was not what we envisioned for the Thunder.

And there’s more to come.

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.