Days of Thunder: Will Oklahoma City take over the NBA?

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The rise to greatness in the NBA can be a long process. Columnist Berry Tramel advises Thunder fans that the meteoric rise many are expecting may not continue in 2010-11. View the 2010-2011 Thunder Preview
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KEVIN DURANT poses for a photo during the Oklahoma City Thunder media day on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Thunder's 23-win campaign of two years ago should fuel the storm

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Columnist Jenni Carlson writes that the dreadful 2008-09 season, when OKC won just 23 games, should serve as motivation for this year's team, which is expected to take the next step toward greatness.

Could Jeff Green's contract status be the lone dark cloud over OKC?

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If a contract extension agreement isn't reached by Nov. 1, Jeff Green will be a restricted free agent next summer.

Will the Thunder's young guns improve like their predecessors?

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green all showed dramatic improvement in their second NBA seasons. Will James Harden, Eric Maynor, Serge Ibaka and Byron Mullens do the same?

Thunder's UV index: Nine- vs. 10-man rotations in the NBA

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Thunder coach Scott Brooks knows how to consistently rotate nine players into a game, but he struggles with how to rotate 10.

Russell Westbrook never envisioned such a meteoric rise

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There were lots of questions when Oklahoma City drafted Russell Westbrook fourth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. But the borderline All-Star continues to prove his worth.

Solar eclipse: How to watch Kevin Durant in 2010-11

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What kind of impact will the 3-point shooting of Daequan Cook and Mo Peterson have on the Thunder's 2010-11 season?

Thabo Sefolosha not the Thunder's only defensive stopper

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In the Thunder's first season in Oklahoma City, Thabo Sefolosha was the team's only defensive stalwart. Now, players like Jeff Green and Kevin Durant are just as capable of covering the opponents' scorers.

2010-2011 OKC Thunder Roster

Player Pos Num Height Weight DOB
Aldrich, Cole C 45 6'11" 245 lbs 10/31/88
Collison, Nick F 4 6'10" 255 lbs 10/26/80
Cook, Daequan G 14 6'5" 210 lbs 4/28/87
Durant, Kevin F 35 6'9" 230 lbs 9/29/88
Green, Jeff F 22 6'9" 235 lbs 8/28/86
Harden, James G 13 6'5" 220 lbs 8/26/89
Ibaka, Serge F 9 6'10" 235 lbs 9/18/89
Ivey, Royal G 7 6'4" 215 lbs 12/20/81
Krstic, Nenad C 12 7'0" 240 lbs 7/25/83
Maynor, Eric G 6 6'3" 175 lbs 6/11/87
Mullens, Byron C 23 7'0" 275 lbs 2/14/89
Peterson, Morris G 42 6'7" 220 lbs 8/26/77
Sefolosha, Thabo F 2 6'7" 215 lbs 5/2/84
Westbrook, Russell G 0 6'3" 187 lbs 11/12/88
White, D.J. F 3 6'9" 251 lbs 8/31/86

NBA Forecast from The Oklahoman's Sports Staff

NBA Fearless Forecast Darnell Mayberry John Rohde Jenni Carlson Berry Tramel Jason Kersey Mike Sherman
Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Heat Kevin Durant, Thunder Kobe Bryant, Lakers Dwight Howard, Magic Kevin Durant, Thunder Kevin Durant, Thunder
Leading Scorer Kevin Durant, Thunder Kevin Durant, Thunder Kevin Durant, Thunder Kevin Durant, Thunder Kevin Durant, Thunder Kevin Durant, Thunder
Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin, Clippers Blake Griffin, Clippers John Wall, Wizards John Wall, Wizard Blake Griffin, Clippers Blake Griffin, Clippers
Coach of the Year Jerry Sloan, Jazz Erik Spoelstra, Heat Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies Erik Spoelstra, Heat Scott Skiles, Bucks Tom Thibodeau, Bulls
Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard, Magic Dwight Howard, Magic Rajon Rondo, Celtics Dwight Howard, Magic Dwight Howard, Magic LeBron James, Heat
Most Improved Player Jrue Holiday, 76ers Luis Scola, Rockets Serge Ibaka, Thunder Paul Millsap, Jazz DeMar DeRozan, Raptors Jrue Holiday, 76ers
OKC Thunder Record 57-25 52-30 57-25 49-33 53-29 54-28
Western Conference Champion Dallas Mavericks Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers Portland Trail Blazers Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers
Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat Orlando Magic Boston Celtics Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls Boston Celtics
NBA Champion Miami Heat Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers Portland Trail Blazers Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics

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