But their young roster has been extremely impressive in the preseason, winning all five games, including wins over the Rockets, Mavericks and now Thunder.
“They're a good team,” Brooks said. “They've got shooters all over the floor. They've got guys that can rebound, bigs that can stretch you out and make plays.”
On Thursday, second-year forward Anthony Davis led the way, scoring 18 points and six rebounds. He had plenty of help from Eric Gordon (21 points), Al-Farouq Aminu (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Ryan Anderson (18 points, six rebounds).
Late in the first half, as Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet tried to get out and contest a three, he ran squarely into the chest of Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma.
Neither of the 7-footers seemed to take kindly to the physical play, leading to a brief shoving match and quick double-technicals for each.
It's the second straight Thunder preseason game with a midgame tussle, as Denver's Nate Robinson was ejected on Tuesday night for throwing a quick forearm shiver at OKC's Steven Adams.
STAT OF THE GAME: 3-POINT SHOOTING
In the first three preseason games, non-Kevin Durant Thunder players were a combined 5-of-41 from 3-point range. On Thursday, they went an impressive 9-of-17.