Perhaps now is not the best time to ask, given the Thunder's current success, but think back to the team's first season in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder finished 23-59 overall and went 15-26 at home. The only good news was the team finished 20-30 after a 3-29 start.
NBA life has improved significantly for the home team since then. OKC has gone a combined 68-26 (.723) at home.
Heading into Sunday's 7 p.m. game against the Denver Nuggets (17-14) at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder (23-7) is 11-1 at home and every game has been a sellout.
OKC has won eight straight in the building, which is the franchise's longest home winning streak since 2004 at KeyArena in Seattle.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Nick Collison and Thabo Sefolosha are the only players who remain from the Thunder's original roster, with Sefolsoha arriving via trade for the final 23 games.
How has playing at home changed for the Thunder since the year of relocation?
Obviously, OKC is a much better team, but what were the players' emotions in the debut season? Were they nervous playing in front of the home crowd because they were trying so hard to please?
"Nervous? Nah. Never nervous," Westbrook said. "Our fans are always going to have our support. That's one thing about this city and this team, they always have our support regardless of what's going on. Never was I nervous at any point."
Collison cut to the chase.
"We just weren't a very good team," Collison said.
Considering the circumstances, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was just glad there were people in the stands.
"It was new for all parties — everybody involved — coaches, players and fans," Brooks said of being new to town. "We didn't really know what to expect. We were thankful they (fans) came out because they had a lot of reason to say, 'OK, this is not looking too good.' Definitely our guys wanted to please the fans."
For a college-crazed state, local fan support for not one but two NBA franchises has been remarkable.
For two seasons, OKC fans never once booed the displaced New Orleans Hornets when they were in town from 2005-07. The locals were so tickled to have an NBA team inside city limits, they wouldn't dare boo. Plus, it would have been in incredibly poor taste given the tragic circumstances surrounding Hurricane Katrina.
The locals have booed the Thunder once. It happened on Nov. 19, 2008, when the home team had just allowed a 42-12 run by the 1-9 Los Angeles Clippers, who were nothing like the current Clippers. The booing lasted roughly 5-10 seconds before it quickly faded out when fans seemed genuinely ashamed for doing so.
"We probably deserved it," Collison said.
Two days later, the Thunder was 1-12 and Brooks replaced P.J. Carlesimo as coach.
Thunder employees have consistently delivered public-relations answers since their arrival, but words flow freely when discussing the home crowd.
"Definitely, this is the place to be," Westbrook said. "Fans all support you, regardless of what's going on and that's a great thing."
The 31-year-old Collison has spent his entire career with the Seattle/OKC franchise.
"Their consistency has been really impressive," Collison said of Thunder home crowds. "Like on a Tuesday game against a non-playoff team, the crowd is still really good. A lot of places in the league, it's not like that. Middle of the week against a non-playoff team, a lot of times it's dead, but our crowds are never like that."
In any sport, you must protect your home. In the NBA, failing to do so will kill your playoff seeding.
San Antonio has the best home record this season at 13-1, followed by OKC and then Chicago at 11-2.
In the last three seasons, the Thunder also has the league's third-best winning percentage on the road (.600) behind Dallas (.656) and Miami (.636).
Denver was ridiculously good at home from 2007-11, going a combined 133-31 (.811) at Pepsi Center, but the Nuggets are 9-7 on the road and just 8-7 at home so far this season.
The Thunder will do all it can Sunday to protect what's theirs, and nerves won't be a problem.
"Especially because our crowd is really good," Collison said. "It'd be different if you were at a place where you started to hear boos, or you kind of get the groans sometimes. That can be tough, but our crowd is really good, man.
"We get a big energy boost from playing at home. I always get a feeling that we're going to play better at home. We're going to be able to pull out more games. We just have a little better energy at home."
Thunder vs. Nuggets
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV: ESPN (Cox 29, HD Ch. 720); FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)
Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM
Three things to know
* The Nuggets are 2-4 since All-Star candidate Danilo Gallinari went down with an ankle injury. If his prognosis is correct, Gallinari will return March 7.
* This is the first meeting since these teams met in the first round of last year's playoffs, which OKC won 4-1. Thunder went 7-2 against Denver last season.
* The Nuggets lost 103-102 at Memphis on Friday on a tip-in with 0.2 seconds left. Nene (calf) has missed the last three games and is listed as day-to-day.
Pos.; Player; Ht.; Pts.; Reb.; Ast.
G; Russell Westbrook; 6-3; 22.6; 4.9; 5.4
G; Daequan Cook; 6-5; 5.7; 2.4; 0.3
F; Kevin Durant; 6-9; 26.8; 8.2; 3.3
F; Serge Ibaka; 6-10; 8.1; 7.2; 3.0-x
C; Kendrick Perkins; 6-10; 4.5; 5.7; 1.1-x
Pos.; Player; Ht.; Pts.; Reb.; Ast.
G; Ty Lawson; 5-11; 15.4; 3.4; 6.3
G; Arron Afflalo; 6-5; 11.4; 2.5; 1.6
F; Al Harrington; 6-9; 14.2; 5.8; 1.3
F; Corey Brewer; 6-9; 9.3; 3.1; 1.2-y
C; Neno Hilaro; 6-11; 13.4; 7.8; 2.0