Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Season: 47-35
Coming off a first-round loss in the Western Conference Finals last season the Thunder have completely rejuvenated. It was all Mr. Triple-Double last season that kept the Thunder alive. Russell Westbrook now has the biggest contract in the league as he signed a $205, five-year extension deal weeks ago. The defending MVP and triple-double king now has two new All-Stars to help him in pursuing a championship. With a new trio of All-Star joining forces in the Western Conference, the arms race brings forth a new contender. OKC is yet again in contention to compete with the magnificent Golden State Warriors. The biggest mark for the Thunder will be the ball distribution among their new stars. Anthony and George have spent most of the year previous years carrying the offensive loads for each of their teams respectfully. As Westbrook emerged as the clear leader in OKC, how willing can each of the three be to sacrifice some offense for defense and rebounding?
The Thunder will need to avoid each of their three stars taking contest shots and the willingness to adapt to making each other better players. Adding veteran players Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson will help the OKC bench. However, some of the youth of Semaj Criston and Josh Huestis will have high expectations on a contending team if given the green light in the rotation. Andre Roberson will be the X-factor player and defensive specialist on the perimeter alongside George. Improving his shot this season will help spread the floor as defenses normally allow him to shoot at will.
Key additions: Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Raymond Felton, Patrick Patterson, Terrance Ferguson
Key Losses: Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott
2017-2018 Prediction: 55-27, 1st in Northwest Division, 3rd in Western Conference