The Oklahoma City Thunder joined the NBA as an expansion team in the 1967-68 season as the Seattle Supersonics. The Sonics franchise would have a turbulent start, failing to make the playoffs in each of the franchise’s first seven seasons. By the end of the 1970s the Sonics had found success. The team reached the NBA finals in 1977-78, but fell to the Washington Bullets. The following season Seattle would win its only championship in franchise history, knocking off those same Bullets. The Sonics were led on the court by Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma, and off it by head coach Lenny Wilkins. After an up and down decade, the Sonics returned to prominence in the 1990s. Behind the play of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp Seattle rattled off six straight seasons with 55-plus wins, but was never able to capture a second title. After struggling through most of the 2000s, the Sonics completely rebuilt. In addition to moving to Oklahoma City, the Thunder traded away superstar Ray Allen and drafted future stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka. The Thunder have been atop the Western Conference for much of the team’s time in Oklahoma City. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for OKC Thunder basketball tickets.
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2016 Thunder Season Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder were able to make it to their fourth Western Conference Final within the past six years but was eliminated by the Warriors in the seventh game. The Thunder still had a successful season with a 2015-2016 record of 55-27 and finishing first in the Northwest Division. Entering the 2016-2017 NBA season, the future of the team is in question as their number one player, Kevin Durant, left the team for the Golden State Warriors. Even though Durant has been the backbone of the team for the past 8 years, the Oklahoma City Thunder still have one of the top 5 players in the league with Russell Westbrook. As the Thunder’s number 1, Westbrook is expected to shine especially with the new addition of Victor Oladipo, who has shown his speed and strength for playing on both sides of the ball. The Thunder will experience a year of rebuilding but with general manager Sam Presti, head coach Billy Donovan and top player Westbrook anything is possible for the team. Whether you are planning on cheering on Oklahoma City Thunder at home or on the road, TicketCity has some of the best deals for Thunder tickets.
OKC Thunder Basketball at Chesapeake Energy Arena Address: 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73102
The Thunder play their home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. When filled to capacity, Chesapeake Energy Arena holds more than 18,000 screaming fans. The Thunder’s home has recently undergone renovations to make it one of the best venues in the NBA for fans. The OKC Thunder home bench is on the Chesapeake Energy Arena court side in front of sections 116-117. Chesapeake Energy Arena parking information is covered in our Thunder event guide.
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers
This matchup dates back to when the Thunder played in Seattle, but has picked up even more steam in recent seasons. Overall, the two franchises have met over 225 times. The two teams have played in close contests that are often heated, which has led this to become an up-and-coming rivalry in the NBA.
Thunder vs. Mavericks
The I-35 rivalry has become one of the intense rivalries in the NBA, highlighted by the 2011 Western Conference Finals matchup. The Thunder were the up-and-coming team while the Mavs won the NBA title not long ago, but the Thunder have closed the gap in recent seasons. With both teams always fighting for position in the Western Conference, this rivalry will only continue to get better.
Thunder vs. Grizzlies
Two franchises with young, talented players led this matchup to become a rivalry that is on the rise the NBA. The Mavs and Grizz have met in the playoffs in recent seasons, which only increased the level of this rivalry. Often physical and heated, the intensity is hard to top and will only continue to grow in the seasons to come.
Thunder vs. Warriors
This rivalry has a chance to become of the better ones in the NBA, as both the Warriors and Thunder look to be two teams on the rise. The Thunder have had the upper hand in this matchup over the years, but the Warriors have shown they are quickly becoming a factor in the Western Conference which will only add to this rivalry.
The rivalry between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder has been come to be known as the Southwest Standoff. With the old Western Conference elite, the Spurs, finding a new competition in the new Western Conference elite Thunder, seeing Durant and Duncan on the court together is a true spectacle.
Thunder in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA playoffs
The Thunder have become one of the top NBA franchises in recent seasons and they have shown no signs of going away. Established in 2008, the Thunder have a Western Conference Championship under their belt and multiple division titles. Oklahoma City will only add to that number in future seasons.
2015 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
For the first time in 5 years, the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs last season. Superstar Kevin Durrant battled a foot injury all season, and fellow star Russell Westbrook also missed time due to injury. The 2015-16 Oklahoma City Thunder come in with new leadership, with the club bringing in one of the biggest names in coaching in Billy Donovan. The Thunder also signed highly touted rookie Cameron Payne, who will learn the point guard position under veterans Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin. But once again Oklahoma City’s chances will ride on the shoulders of Kevin Durrant. If Durrant can return to his MVP form of two seasons ago, the Thunder will once again be a threat to win the NBA finals.
2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the 2013-14 NBA Season with championship expectations. The core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka were back and the Thunder looked to stand out in a packed NBA Western Conference. Kevin Durant had probably his best season of his career, finishing as league MVP, but injuries to Russell Westbrook in the regular season and Serge Ibaka in the playoffs derailed Oklahoma City’s title chances. The Oklahoma City Thunder come into the 2014-15 NBA season once again with NBA championship aspirations. The core of the Thunder’s team remains exactly the same for 2014. Kevin Durant is still one of the biggest stars in the game and Russell Westbrook looks to bounce back in 2014. The key addition for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason was rookie center Mitch McGary, who looks to help Kendrick Perkins and Ibaka on the inside. The Thunder have always been able to score points, if they can take the next step on the defensive side of the court, they have a great shot at making it back to the Western Conference Finals.
2013 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
A bad injury to point guard Russell Westbrook left the Thunder powerless against the Grizzlies, falling to Memphis in five games in the second round of the playoffs after winning 60 games in the regular season. Westbrook is still rehabbing the knee to start the season, but Kevin Durant hopes to hold down the fort until he returns. Reggie Jackson will step into a starting role this season, and he could prove to be the lynchpin the Thunder are looking for. OKC will open up the season at Minnesota on Nov. 1, but will be home at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to play Phoenix on Nov. 3. Other key home games will be vs. the Clipper on Nov. 21, vs. San Antonio on Nov. 27 and vs. Houston on Dec. 29.
2012 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
If you’re looking for one of the most potent, young teams in the NBA, the list will always begin with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Led by small forward Kevin Durant, one of the most intriguing and popular players in the NBA, the Thunder have a starting five that is arguably one of the best in the NBA and ranked fifth in scoring. Point guard Russell Westbrook is the hidden gem that emerged last year to be the Robin to Durant’s Batman, and is now an All-Star who is looking to expand his game another year into his collaboration. Serge Ibaka is another revelation that OKC has stumbled upon, a hybrid center/forward that was one of the league leaders in blocks and one of the leaders of a frontcourt that ranked eighth in the league in rebounds. The mid-season trade with the Boston Celtics that brought in forward Jeff Green and Kendrick Perkins last year only solidified a team that’s going to be a perennial fixture in the championship run, and a fun one at that.
2011 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder surprised skeptics last year when they rode a young team to the playoffs, and brought eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers to six games in the first round. Led by one of the best players in the league, Kevin Durant, the Thunder look poised to make a run to become a serious contender for the Western Conference title. The Thunder did not change their line up much from last year's team, but they did not really have to. Durant averaged more than 30 points per game, and is considered by some to challenge LeBron James and Kobe Bryant for MVP this coming season. Durant is also lucky enough to have a talented teammate in Russell Westbrook, who runs the point very effectively, and averaged 8 assists a game last season. The success of Oklahoma City's season hinges largely on how much of an impact their role players can make. Eric Maynor, James Harden and Serge Ibaka all had solid years in 2009. The Thunder also had a relatively productive draft, highlighted by the addition of Kansas stand out Cole Aldrich, who should provide some depth.
2010 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
Fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder should be excited about their young team as OKC heads into the 2009-2010 NBA season; their second in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are led by young superstar, Kevin Durant, who is one of the most talented young players in basketball. If Durant and his pals, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook can mesh with new addition James Harden, then the Thunder might emerge as one of the dark horse teams in the Western Conference.
2009 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the most exciting teams to watch this season because of the star power in phenom Kevin Durant. This brand new Oklahoma team will bring the tradition and feel of the SuperSonics, but with a fresh new appearance - not to mention, some fresh new talent. Both Jeff Green and Kevin Durant are going to grow with this team and make the Oklahoma City Thunder the team to beat in a short time. Watching a game in the Ford Center this season should be an exciting look at one of the most highly touted new teams in recent memory.