The Thunder, in just six seasons of existence, already owns more division titles than Charlotte, Golden State, Minnesota, Memphis, New Orleans, Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies and Bobcats have never won their respective divisions. The Atlanta Hawks franchise has been around since the beginning of NBA time and still has just four division championships.
Sunday’s opponent even served as a shining example of how difficult pacing a division can be.
The Jazz have been a model of consistency since the early 80s. Utah has won eight division championships. But with the last one coming in 2008, not a single Jazz player on the current roster was around the last time Utah earned a division championship.
It’s a reminder to Oklahoma City fans to enjoy this run while it lasts.
“You can’t never look past (a division championship),” Westbrook said. “If it’s something to win, we want to win it...Obviously we want to win a championship, but you’ve got to go step by step to win it.”
But it’s that winning mentality that has put the Thunder on the right track.
And whenever this next banner is unveiled, it’ll be another step toward the ultimate goal.
“We have other goals that we want to accomplish,” Brooks said. “But this is definitely a goal that we want to accomplish every year is win your division.”