38 Facts About Oklahoma City Thunder


Oklahoma City Thunder are an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City.

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The Thunder compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division.

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The Thunder are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the state of Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma City previously hosted the New Orleans Hornets for two seasons following devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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Oklahoma City Thunder participated in the Orlando Pro Summer League featuring their second-year players, potential free agents and rookies.

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Oklahoma City lost its next four games to tie the franchise losing streak of 14 set in Seattle the previous season.

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The late-season successes of the Oklahoma City Thunder contributed to the signing of Scott Brooks as the team's official head coach.

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Oklahoma City did not make any major moves in the off-season, other than drafting James Harden from Arizona State University with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Rodrigue Beaubois with the 25th pick in the 2009 draft before immediately trading him to the Dallas Mavericks for the 24th pick, center Byron Mullens from Ohio State University.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder had the same record as the Boston Celtics in this season.

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Oklahoma City ranked twelfth in overall attendance in the NBA, and seventh in percentage of available seats occupied.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder won the series four games to one and were set to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies who achieved an eight-seed upset over the San Antonio Spurs just days before.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder had a chance to tie the series in Game 4, but they were unable to hold a 15-point lead with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder made their two pre-season appearances, after the lockout, against the Dallas Mavericks, winning both games.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder signed free agents Hasheem Thabeet and Daniel Orton, and signed guards Andy Rautins and DeAndre Liggins.

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On October 27,2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Harden along with center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, first round draft picks from Toronto and Dallas, and one second round draft pick.

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In game 6, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Rockets to advance to the second round, facing a rematch of the 2011 second round, with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Oklahoma City prevailed in seven games to play the Los Angeles Clippers in the semi-finals, whom they defeated in six games.

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Oklahoma City signed Semaj Christon after acquiring his draft rights from the Charlotte Hornets.

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Several weeks before the season started, the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a setback as Durant was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his right foot and missed the first 17 games of the season.

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However, despite the effort, the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans, and Westbrook fell short of the MVP award, finishing fourth in voting.

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On July 6,2017, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired four-time All-Star forward Paul George in a trade with the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.

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Finally, on September 25, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired ten-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks in exchange for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round draft pick they had previously acquired from the Chicago Bulls in the Cameron Payne trade.

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On September 29,2017, the Oklahoma City Thunder signed its star point guard Russell Westbrook to a five-year extension.

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Devon Hall did not sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, instead signing with the Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League.

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Additionally, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded a 2019 second-round pick to acquire Hamidou Diallo, who had been selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 45th pick.

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In July 2018, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded forward Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 protected first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-way trade.

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Additionally, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired center Nerlens Noel in free agency, and traded for Abdel Nader from the Boston Celtics.

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In exchange, the Oklahoma City Thunder received Chris Paul, two future first-round draft picks, and the rights to two future pick swaps with the Rockets.

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At the 2022 NBA draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder used their second overall pick to select Chet Holmgren and the twelfth pick to select Jalen Williams.

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Oklahoma City Thunder noted that the fact that the Thunder is the only team from Oklahoma City in one of the nation's four major leagues contributes mightily to the city's devotion.

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Oklahoma City Thunder fans are reportedly much more likely to attend major home games than most other NBA fanbases.

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Oklahoma City Thunder hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder's "Earned" uniform was a basic palette swap of the team's "Statement" uniforms, featuring a sunset orange base and navy letters.

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All Oklahoma City Thunder games are broadcast on the Oklahoma City Thunder Radio Network, fronted by flagship stations WWLS-FM 98.

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On October 22,2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Lesley McCaslin would be the new Oklahoma City Thunder sideline reporter.

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On July 21,2014, the Thunder announced that Long would not return to be its TV color commentator on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

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On September 17,2014, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that 15-year NBA veteran Michael Cage would be the new color analyst, joining Brian Davis on television and Matt Pinto on the radio when the game is exclusive to a national television broadcast.

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