About Oklahoma City Thunder
History of the Oklahoma City Thunder
The newest name on the schedules of all the teams in the National Basketball Association is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Formerly the Seattle Supersonics, the Thunder moved to Oklahoma City following the 2008 season looking for a fresh start in the capital city of Oklahoma. The people of OKC are basketball crazy, and Thunder basketball tickets quickly became extremely popular to see the team play at the revamped Chesapeake Energy Arena. In their seasons in Seattle, the OKC Thunder saw a lot of success and plenty of great players. In 41 seasons in the Emerald City, the Thunder compiled a record of 1,745-1,585 including a NBA Championship in 1979. They also have six jersey numbers retired to the rafters, including Gus Williams (#1), Nate McMillan (#10), Lenny Wilkens (#19), Spencer Haywood (#24), Fred Brown (#32) and Jack Sikma (#43).
Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett announced the team would be moving following failed attempts for a new basketball arena in Seattle. Although it moved to the midwest, the franchise remains part of the Northwest Division of the NBA's Western Conference. They notched their first win in team history against Northwest Division rival Minnesota Timberwolves on November 2, 2008. The trio of James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook looked like a dynasty in the making for OKC. They were a talented young group looking to take over the Western Conference. However, a disappointing showing in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat in 2012 led the Thunder to breaking up the trio. Harden left for the Houston Rockets and KD and Westbrook were left to lead the team.
The Thunder haven't been back to the finals since, and with a few key injuries to Durant, the team has missed out on opportunities to win a title. This past offseason, Durant shocked the NBA by leaving the Thunder to join forces with their biggest competition, the Golden State Warriors. Westbrook, the lone star remaining in OKC, was surprised but refuses to show emotion when the subject is brought up. Instead, he has decided to leave it all out on the floor and now plays with even more passion than before. The reunion between the two players is always entertaining when the Warriors and Thunder play each other.
Most Recent Season
Prior to the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder season, the Thunder acquired Paul George from the Indiana Pacers and Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks. MVP Russell Westbrook also signed a five-year $205 million extension deal with the Thunder. The All-Star trio helped lead their team to the playoffs, finishing the regular season with a record of 48-34. They clinched the 4th seed and met the Utah Jazz in the First Round of the playoffs. The Thunder could not stand up to rookie Donovan Mitchell and his Utah team and the Thunder lost the series in six games. Thunder fans were disappointed the new additions to the team could not bring them further in the playoffs. But this Oklahoma City team will be back with a vengeance to improve and success in the upcoming season.
The 2018-19 Oklahoma City Thunder season will be the franchise’s 11th season in Oklahoma City and fourth season under head coach Billy Donovan. Carmelo Anthony will not be returning with the Thunder for the 2018-19 season but Paul George will be. Jerami Grant and Raymond Felton also resigned with the Thunder. In the 2018 NBA Draft the Thunder acquired Hamidou Diallo from Kentucky, Devon Hall from Virginia, and Kevin Hervey from Texas-Arlington. The Thunder’s season will kick off on October 16th against arch rival Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena. The Thunder’s first home game will be on October 21st against the Sacramento Kings. Throughout the season the Thunder will have to take on their division rivals including the Portland Trailblazers, the Utah Jazz, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Denver Nuggets to fight for a chance in the postseason. Will the Thunder be able to return to the playoffs again this season? There is only one way to find out! TicketNetwork is your access for all Oklahoma City Thunder tickets. Check out our vast selection of Oklahoma City Thunder tickets and grab yours today!