The Oklahoma City Thunder look to improve this season under new head coach Billy Donovan.
OKC is looking to rebound and make a run at an NBA title before Kevin Durant becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
If the Thunder adjusts to Donovan and stays healthy, statistically, they have a shot at the Finals again. Skeptics shouldn’t write them off just yet.
Donovan comes to the Thunder after 19 years at the University of Florida where he led the team to back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.
Durant’s return could also potentially cause problems for the team.
While Durant is considered one of the best players in the league, he will have to get back into basketball shape and try to mesh with Russell Westbrook. The preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks proved it; the chemistry between the two wasn’t there with sloppy interactions.
However, if Durant and Westbrook figure out their kinks, and OKC can regain its four season average of shooting 46% from the field, 36% from beyond the arc and 80% from the line, there is no reason they can’t make it back to the Finals.