This team is going to be terrible they said. Tanking for days. The Thunder are not going to be good for the foreseeable future.
That’s what they all said and despite all of the bad words the mean guy on the TV and radio said, the Thunder have fought that narrative and are good… and fun.
It starts with Chris Paul. The 36-year old veteran didn’t appear overtly happy to be traded away from his family and a ring opportunity but when one door shuts, another opens. The Thunder are happy to have the future first ballot hall of fame inductee. It’s been a beacon of light for Paul, who appears to be in the best health in many moons. The man they dub “Point God” has been the best role model for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Speaking of SGA, the 20-year old has been everything many had promised. He’s a quiet leader and down right a bad ass on the court. While he’s going to be taking part in the Rising Stars game, it might not be too long when we see him move from Saturday night’s events to Sunday afternoon.
On Friday night when the team needed them most, the 3-guard lineup showed up and made their mark. A 15-2 run to put the Thunder ahead before the tornado hit. The Thunder avoided the twister and picked up the win but most importantly, they continued to win. They’ve won a lot of games where they weren’t supposed to. A lot of games where they trailed. They’ve won 13 games when trailing heading into the fourth quarter. Their 13 fourth quarter comebacks are the most since 2014-15 when the Portland Trail Blazers did it 14 times. The most wins in the last 20 years is Cleveland’s 17 comebacks in 2007-08.
The rest has just fallen in place. From the surprising emergence of Lu Dort from the two-way contract to the surprising three-headed monster that has become the Thunder’s closing lineup. When it comes to individual players, the guard trio is the best lineup in the NBA. Their net rating is the best by at least eight points. Oh, The CP3-Schröder-Gallinari line up is third best.
The Thunder are a team without expectations by many which considered the Thunder to only win 30-32 games and with those no expectations of winning, this team has flourished.
There are obvious issues with the team the Thunder have to deal with like Andre Roberson and what to do with Terrance Ferguson.
The fans are enjoying the ride and with only six days left until trade deadline day, this team could be dismantled next week.
Until then, put your hands up as this team rides a rollercoaster season that was supposed to be a ride on teacups.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!