A victory over Sacramento on Monday night gave the Thunder 60 wins and home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs, which begin this weekend. Sixty-win seasons are rare — it’s happened 68 times in the NBA’s 64-year history. The Thunder and the Boston Celtics of 1956-60 are the only franchises to improve their winning percentages in five straight seasons and have two of those percentages be in the .700s.
Brooks, general manager Sam Presti and indeed the entire organization deserve credit. They’ve transformed Oklahomans from folks who were excited about having an NBA team into rabid fans who will be disappointed by anything short of another Finals trip.
And they’ve done it all in just five years. Kudos, and good luck.