Here's something few around these parts are talking about.
The NBA Draft.
That's how it goes for championship contending teams on the verge of a 60-win season.
But while non-playoff teams like Monday night's visitor, the Sacramento Kings, are left to play out the string in this final week and look ahead to draft prospects for hope, the Thunder is in the rare position of competing for a title and still improving through the upcoming draft.
Oklahoma City owns Toronto's first-round pick this year, a selection the Thunder received via Houston in the James Harden trade. If the Raptors selection falls between four and 14 in next month's NBA Draft Lottery the pick must be sent to the Thunder. Toronto only keeps the selection if it's a top three pick.
The Raptors currently are slated to receive the 10th pick if they don't jump into the top three.
Let's examine for a moment exactly how rare having that pick would be.
Of the 251 total lottery picks since the current weighted format began in 1994, only 25 have been held by a team with a winning record. Over that span, only 22 playoff teams have had a lottery pick.
Crunch the numbers by win totals and the odds dwindle even more.
Only six teams that have won at least 50 games have had a lottery pick since 1994. Only one 60-win team, Seattle in 1994, has picked in the lottery over that span.
The Thunder can finish with 61 wins and possibly become the second.
Here's another way of looking at the position in which the Thunder finds itself. In full 82-game seasons since the current draft lottery format began in 1994, teams with the 10th overall pick have won only 36 games on average.
By comparison, the Thunder could win 33 more games than the Kings and pick only five spots behind them.
Why does any of this matter?
Above all, this is one of the many resourceful ways in which the Thunder must continue to build its roster in order to achieve stability and remain a title contender. While other teams in other markets can simply buy championships, or at least attempt to, the Thunder must stick to being creative.
Stockpiling assets has long been significant in the Thunder's success. This year's potential lottery pick would join a promising group of young guns that include Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III. Together, they form a formidable supporting cast that will complement Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.
Additionally, the Thunder still holds its own 2013 first-round selection (likely the 29th overall pick), Charlotte's 2013 second-round selection (likely the 31st overall pick) and a future first-rounder from Dallas.
You won't find another team in basketball that can match both the Thunder's present and its promising future. The other great teams don't have the plethora of youth and assets. The rest of the pack doesn't pack the present day star power.
Though the Harden trade continues to be a topic of debate, it's undeniable that the Thunder has put itself in a position of strength by executing the deal when it did.
Only nine of the 25 playoff teams that have held a lottery pick since 1994 have gone into the draft owning the pick as opposed to trading up for it leading into the draft or on draft night.
Garnering a lottery pick leading into the draft historically costs much more and returns less.
Indiana in 1996, for example, had to trade away point guard Mark Jackson and the 23rd pick to get that year's 10th selection. In 1999, Atlanta traded Mookie Blaylock and the 21st selection to get that year's10th pick. In 2004, Dallas traded Antawn Jamison for the fifth pick. And in 2007, Golden State traded Jason Richardson to get the eighth pick.
Most franchises would love to rebuild with what the Thunder has in its stable.
Meanwhile, we're barely even discussing all the assets Oklahoma City has at its disposal. More impressive is the Thunder most likely won't have to rely on any of them any time soon.
How nice of a luxury is that?