Tale of the tape: How the Thunder measures up with the Boston Celtics and L.A. Lakers

The Thunder faces two tradition-rich franchises this week. John Rohde breaks down how the Thunder franchise compares to the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 22, 2012
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John Rohde measures how the Thunder franchise stacks up with the legendary Celtics and Lakers franchises.

First season

Celtics — 1946-47

Lakers — 1948-49

Sonics/Thunder — 1967-68

All-time record

Celtics — 3043-2073 (.595)

Lakers — 3103-1904 (.620)

Sonics/Thunder — 1989-1710 (.526)

Best record

Celtics — 68-14 (1972-73)

Lakers — 69-13 (1971-72)

Sonics/Thunder — 64-18 (1995-96)

Worst record

Celtics — 15-67 (1996-97)

Lakers — 19-53 (1957-58)

Sonics/Thunder — 20-62 (2007-08)

Playoff appearances

Celtics — 49; Lakers — 58; Sonics/Thunder — 24

Championships

Celtics — 17; Lakers — 16; Sonics/Thunder — 1

Hall of Famers

Celtics — 28; Lakers — 18; Sonics/Thunder — 4

All-Star selections

Celtics — 136; Lakers — 131; Sonics/Thunder — 54


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