About Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets 2019 Season Outlook
If you blinked you missed the massive roster changes that the OKC Thunder made this offseason. The Thunder went 49-33 last season and were a playoff team in the grueling Western Conference. However, the Thunder lost in 5 games in heart breaking fashion after Damian Lillard hit a deep three at the buzzer to end OKC's season. With All-Stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook, OKC was frustrated but figured they'd be in a similar position come next season.
Out of nowhere, Paul George demanded a trade to the LA Clippers to join forces with Kawhi Leonard. GM Sam Presti granted the trade but it did not come cheap for the Clippers. They sent over numerous draft picks and a couple of the best role players on the Clippers. With Russell Westbrook left scratching his head and being left to be the lone star yet again, OKC then moved towards trading him. Westbrook was shipped to Houston for more draft picks and eventual Hall of Famer Chris Paul.
Chris Paul will go from competing for championships in Houston to being a leader for the young team that is trying to establish themselves in OKC. There is definitely talent on that roster. It also remains unquestions that Chesapeake Energy Arena is one of the best places to play in the NBA. With a college-like intesity from their fans, OKC thrives at home. Besides Chris Paul and big man Steven Adams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danillo Galinari from the Clippers will be a nice starting line up for the Thunder. Throw in the defense of Andre Roberson, the three point shooting from Terrance Ferguson and the playmaking ability from Dennis Schroder, the Thunder will look to compete from day one.
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, was the lone star remaining in OKC, but a recent shake up has seen him leave the team as well. There is definitely a new era in OKC. Check out our complete selection of Oklahoma City Thunder tickets and grab yours today!