The Thunder have stormed out to an excellent 14-4 mark to start off the season and are showing no signs of slowing down. Are they really a top contender, or will Oklahoma City cool down at any point?
Don’t hold your breath.
Oklahoma City, even without James Harden, is playing as well as any team in the NBA right now. The Thunder rank number one overall in scoring at 105.1 points per game , and can also be found in the top ten in points allowed at 95.3. Being in the top ten in both categories is always a good recipe for success.
This hot start already has the Thunder five games up on the Denver nuggets in the Northwest Division standings. They’ve won five straight games ahead of their trip to play Brooklyn on Tuesday night in the Barclays Center.
Long story short, if you’ve been siding with the Thunder with your NBA picks this season you’ve been doing well for yourself.
Durant has been out of this world, averaging 26.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game so far. He’s shooting 51.2 percent overall, 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and 90.0 percent from the charity stripe.
He’s getting a lot of help form Russell Westbrook, though. Westbrook is putting up 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals a contest, despite shooting only 41.5 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from three. Westbrook continues to make quite a lot of mistakes and forces some questionable shots, but his production far outweighs those errors in judgment. He’s an athletic freak of nature.
With Kevin Martin (16.1 PPG, 47.7 percent from three) shooting lights out off the bench and Serge Ibaka (14.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.3 BPG) elevating his play on the offensive end, the Thunder continue to chug along.
Enjoy the ride, Oklahoma City fans.