Russell Westbrook has returned, the young guys have developed and Kevin Durant is playing brilliant basketball.
It was a good first month for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the recently updated Las Vegas odds reflect it.
At 5-2, the Thunder currently has the best odds to win the Western Conference, right ahead of the San Antonio Spurs (11-4).
Other notable numbers from Bovada:
*Durant, at 4-1, currently has the second-best odds to win the MVP. LeBron James is first with 4-5 odds. Westbrook is tied for 10th, with 40-1 odds.
*Steven Adams, at 16-1, has the fifth-best odds to win Rookie of the Year in a class that's clearly void of many immediate difference-makers. Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams is first.
*The Thunder, at 6-1, has the third-best odds at winning the NBA title, trailing the Miami Heat (2-1) and Indiana Pacers (4-1).
DURANT GLAD THE KINGS REMAINED IN SACRAMENTO
From afar, Durant was like everyone else last season, following the ongoing saga in Sacramento as the city tried — and eventually succeeded — to keep its NBA team from leaving for Seattle.
But with his knowledge of the league and connection to the Emerald City, it put him in a strange spot, rooting for and against both sides.
“It's almost like a lose-lose situation because you want to see Seattle get a team, but you don't want to see Sacramento lose theirs,” Durant said at the Thunder's shootaround in Sacramento on Tuesday.
Having spent his rookie year there, Durant loves Seattle, routinely making it a point to go back and visit in the offseason. And more than once, he's voiced his opinion that the city deserves a team.
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