Thunder Links – December 15, 2011

We’re just 3 days away from the first preseason game.

We’re 10 days away from the first game of the regular season. I’m so excited, I’m having trouble sleeping.

Raptor Rapture’s OKC Thunder previewWhy The Thunder Will Win The Title:  The Thunder have the perfect combination of dynamic guards, a superstar scorer at swingman and hard playing, defensively sound post players in Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Combine that with a loud building at home and an extra year of experience and the Thunder have a serious arguement for being a favorite in the West. (cont…)

Ball Don’t Lie had an extra long preview. They’ve kept intact basically the entire team that was good enough to go to the Western Conference Finals last year, and it’s pretty reasonable to think that all of their principals might be even better this year just by dint of gaining a year of experience and continuing to grow into their still-early-to-mid-20s bodies. Case in point: Their MVP-candidate “small” forward now reportedly goes something like 6-foot-10 and 235, which should be really fun for defenders. (cont…)

Bunny dojo did a thunder alternate logo and uni’s. I’m sorry, the current logo and unis have grown on me. Judge me if you must. I enjoy it now.

Magic Basketball thinks Harden is one to watch in the season. I totally agree. The very same way that LeBron James represents my passion for the NBA, and really the game of basketball, James Harden represents all that there is to look forward to in the future of the league. (cont…)

Westbrook isn’t worry about his contract. Westbrook tried to brush aside questions about negotiations to his agent and refused to express any concern about getting a deal done before the season starts on Christmas or at any other particular point in the process. (cont…)

Darnell Mayberry talks about how OKC benefited from one of the worst trades ever. First and foremost, Presti was able to acquire Thomas and his $8.1 million contract only because he jettisoned Rashard Lewis to Orlando in a sign-and-trade rather than agreeing to give him an albatross contract of $118 million over six seasons. Many Seattle fans at the time swore not re-signing Lewis was a part of a grand plan to blow up the team so it could move to Oklahoma City. (cont…)

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