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dsickich123
08-15-2009, 04:46 PM
The 2nd half of last season Durant Averaged 28.7ppg and about 7 rpg (6.9)


*His team was also FINISHED THE LAST 50 GAMES WITH A RECORD OR 20-30!*

(Still that is nothing to be proud of)

But with all of the young players on that team improving (Durant, Green, Westbrook, etc.) and the addition of a few new pieces (Harden, Mullens, Krstic)....how many games do you think the Thunder could win this year...

They will obviously improve...and the last 50 games they were 20-30...so I want to say they win around 40 games....

Beno7500
08-15-2009, 04:47 PM
32

dsickich123
08-15-2009, 04:52 PM
Give an explanation as well...someone voted below 20 and i want to know why you think they will be worse...

Mavrix
08-15-2009, 04:54 PM
They'll win somewhere along the lines of 35-45 games

Hawkeye15
08-15-2009, 04:58 PM
I think they will finish just under 40 wins. I could honestly see them winning more than 40, but I think 38-39 wins for some reason.
Durant is outstanding. I like Westbrooks game, he should mature some as far as leading the offense, and Green I think has gotten about as good as he will get really. Harden should be a sneaky scorer. They don't have much frontcourt help. But I would expect a trade midseason as well. Still not sure why they didn't keep Chandler.

dsickich123
08-15-2009, 05:12 PM
I agree with the 35-45 wins...
I was just going to bring up Chandler...
If they had kept Chandler their starting lineup would be....

PG: Westbrook
SG: Harden
SF: Durant
PF: Green
C: Chandler

Reserves: Krstic, Weaver, Sefalosha, DJ White, Serge Ibaka, BJ MuLLENS, Collison, Shaun Livingston, Desmond Mason...

In your opinion...is this a playoff team without a doubt...( probably a 7-8 seed in the west)?

TDOTRAPS
08-15-2009, 05:16 PM
45 lmao uhh u guys are in the west conference i said about 14...nah jks 33-38 its gonna be hard to be over 500 still a young team.

Tdots-Guido
08-15-2009, 05:18 PM
I like the Thunder but i don't see them as a playoff team this year. They are still very young no playoff experience. But I have no doubt in a few years they are going to be a top seed.

Jays Claw
08-15-2009, 05:20 PM
The Oklahoma City Thunder will probably win about 20-30 ball games.

Hawkeye15
08-15-2009, 05:21 PM
I agree with the 35-45 wins...
I was just going to bring up Chandler...
If they had kept Chandler their starting lineup would be....

PG: Westbrook
SG: Harden
SF: Durant
PF: Green
C: Chandler

Reserves: Krstic, Weaver, Sefalosha, DJ White, Serge Ibaka, BJ MuLLENS, Collison, Shaun Livingston, Desmond Mason...

In your opinion...is this a playoff team without a doubt...( probably a 7-8 seed in the west)?


they would fight for 8th seed, easy. They are still so young in the backcourt, Mullens is a couple years away from contributing, Livingston who knows, and the rest of the bench is unskilled role players. But yes, especially with the Rockets eating it, they would contend with the Clips for #8.

DCSportsIsPain
08-15-2009, 05:23 PM
35-40 Wins

SaimoNETS
08-15-2009, 05:24 PM
30-40 probably, since they're in the West.

TDOTRAPS
08-15-2009, 05:26 PM
they wont hit 40

dsickich123
08-15-2009, 05:28 PM
The Oklahoma City Thunder will probably win about 20-30 ball games.

see this is what a disagree with...i feel like they gotta be better than that

clehmun
08-15-2009, 05:30 PM
36 games would be my guess. but they could also be portland of 2 years ago.

westbrook will improve a lot in his 2nd year. harden was an excellent addition. durant will get even better with another summer to improve his game, and practicing with the team USA. green is a great complementary player.

they're probably my favorite young team.

Hawkeye15
08-15-2009, 05:31 PM
see this is what a disagree with...i feel like they gotta be better than that

you also need to understand that many here on PSD don't get a chance to watch a lot of teams play, and know nothing about them. Don't let one dudes opinion get to you. That is why you do a poll, and it already appears many think 30-40, which is probably realistic.

zamudio_jorge
08-15-2009, 05:39 PM
chandler is not a defense especialist and not great in offense, bj mullens will be better than him in 2 years right now krstic, collison and mullens can do the work.

zamudio_jorge
08-15-2009, 05:41 PM
and i think theyre 30-35 wins the west is hard. if they're in the east they will be 35-40 at least.

dsickich123
08-15-2009, 05:42 PM
you also need to understand that many here on PSD don't get a chance to watch a lot of teams play, and know nothing about them. Don't let one dudes opinion get to you. That is why you do a poll, and it already appears many think 30-40, which is probably realistic.

yeah that is true

Kakaroach
08-15-2009, 05:50 PM
30-33 wins. No playoffs this year...

dsickich123
08-15-2009, 05:58 PM
Playoffs next year?

They cant be held out too long wit so much young talent....

dimedrpr
08-15-2009, 06:02 PM
I live in OKC and was lucky enough to see almost every Thunder game in person last year. I love the direction this team is heading and expect them to win 35-38 games this year. They lost some close games last year to more experienced teams and they should win more of those this year. I have no faith in Mullens contributing at any time but I love Harden.

Westbrook needs to develop a floater or a quick pull up J because last year he had issues with beating his man to the lane easily but then getting stuck in no man's land when a big was there to protect the rim. Durant is a straight up beast though and Green is solid as a rock and can play the 3 and 4. Krstic didn't come in until January so he should be more comfortable with his role and I would hope his rebounding numbers increase this year.

Scott Brooks will keep them playing strong defense and Westbrook and Sefolosha are both very active defensively on the perimeter. Collison will continue to rebound the ball and should play an A.C. Green type role for this team as long as he is here. I really don't expect the front office to make their big move until next summer when they will probably make a play for Chris Bosh. They thought long and hard about making a play for Milsap to be their PF which would make Jeff Green the 6th man but I think in the end they knew Bosh would be out there and they decided to save their cap room to make a run at him. I think he will consider OKC strongly with all the money they will have available and after the improvement everyone expects them to show this year.

Chacarron
08-15-2009, 06:17 PM
The Thunder will win around 40 games. The western conference has always been competitive and basically every team has made an upgrade from last season. I really like the thunder and I hope they succeed in the near future because kevin durant is a phenomenal player

Shady66
08-15-2009, 06:40 PM
I think they can win lowest: 25
highest:38

No playoffs this year, but next year i think they will

ko8e24
08-15-2009, 06:48 PM
33-49 (23-18 at home, 10-31 on the road)

TheMicrowave
08-15-2009, 06:53 PM
I agree with the 35-45 wins...
I was just going to bring up Chandler...
If they had kept Chandler their starting lineup would be....

PG: Westbrook
SG: Harden
SF: Durant
PF: Green
C: Chandler

Reserves: Krstic, Weaver, Sefalosha, DJ White, Serge Ibaka, BJ MuLLENS, Collison, Shaun Livingston, Desmond Mason...

In your opinion...is this a playoff team without a doubt...( probably a 7-8 seed in the west)?

Without a doubt a playoff team? No, but I think they have a low possibility of making depending on how well they develop and injuries.

magichatnumber9
08-15-2009, 07:04 PM
I picked between 30-40. I love this team and I'm a Celtics fan. I hope my boy Green tears that **** up.

daleja424
08-15-2009, 07:19 PM
Id say on the low to mid end of 30-40

MackSnackWrap
08-15-2009, 07:44 PM
Anywhere in the range of 36 to 40

MackSnackWrap
08-15-2009, 07:45 PM
They wont make playoffs though year aftrer i think is possible next year no way

datpif
08-15-2009, 07:45 PM
28-34

Bruno
08-15-2009, 09:25 PM
I think they could finish right around .500, probably a few games under. I give the Clippers the edge in landing the 8th seat.

Bruno
08-15-2009, 09:26 PM
28-34

82 games in a season.

29$JerZ
08-15-2009, 09:28 PM
If healthy and with no trades/signings I'll say 30-32

yanksknicksgmen
08-15-2009, 10:57 PM
82 games in a season.

He means between 28 and 34 wins

dsickich123
08-15-2009, 11:15 PM
thanks for the input....i wanna hear more

yanksknicksgmen
08-16-2009, 12:03 AM
thanks for the input....i wanna hear more

I actually think that Thunder have a shot at the 8th seed my prediction is they go 41-41

blazerman
08-16-2009, 12:11 AM
33-49 (23-18 at home, 10-31 on the road)

I think that's very close to where they will end up. For awhile I considered them a potential 8th seed but then I really looked at what they have there and I cant see anymore than 35/36 wins at best.

This was a very weak draft and I doubt Harden is a #3 pick in most drafts and mullens isnt nothing but a project and wont contribute very much (reminds me of Chris Mihm coming out of college) and besides that they are about the same and still pencil thin on the froncourt. Next summmer they should add the essential pieces with two good draft picks expected and cap money (which will decrease considerable with Durant and Green extensions and a lower cap).

Clippers are my pick to be most improved in the west and possibly the 7th(have to really come together for them though) or 8th seed in the playoffs.

Thunder are still a ways away and Portland comparisions are not really fair because the Blazers have a balanced team and size in the frontcourt with Oden,Aldridge and Pryzbilla.

33-49 for the Thunder at best (10 game improvement is alot), keep in mind the Blazers only improved 13 games with the additions (1/2 an Oden),Batum,Bayless and Rudy Fernandez to a team that already had B Roy and Aldridge!

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 03:02 PM
I think that's very close to where they will end up. For awhile I considered them a potential 8th seed but then I really looked at what they have there and I cant see anymore than 35/36 wins at best.

This was a very weak draft and I doubt Harden is a #3 pick in most drafts and mullens isnt nothing but a project and wont contribute very much (reminds me of Chris Mihm coming out of college) and besides that they are about the same and still pencil thin on the froncourt. Next summmer they should add the essential pieces with two good draft picks expected and cap money (which will decrease considerable with Durant and Green extensions and a lower cap).

Clippers are my pick to be most improved in the west and possibly the 7th(have to really come together for them though) or 8th seed in the playoffs.

Thunder are still a ways away and Portland comparisions are not really fair because the Blazers have a balanced team and size in the frontcourt with Oden,Aldridge and Pryzbilla.

33-49 for the Thunder at best (10 game improvement is alot), keep in mind the Blazers only improved 13 games with the additions (1/2 an Oden),Batum,Bayless and Rudy Fernandez to a team that already had B Roy and Aldridge!

The blazers improved 13 games when all they has before was Roy and Aldridge...

The Thunder have 3 stars to start off with in Westbrook, Durant, and Green....and they also added Harden along with Sefalosha, Collison, Krstic, Mason, Serge Ibaka, and DJ White....

Bayless did not really play his first year, and Batum was not that good....

If the Blazers improved 13 games....I think the Thunder should improve 15....

Hawkeye15
08-16-2009, 03:06 PM
The blazers improved 13 games when all they has before was Roy and Aldridge...

The Thunder have 3 stars to start off with in Westbrook, Durant, and Green....and they also added Harden along with Sefalosha, Collison, Krstic, Mason, Serge Ibaka, and DJ White....

Bayless did not really play his first year, and Batum was not that good....

If the Blazers improved 13 games....I think the Thunder should improve 15....

Green isn't a star, and neither is Westbrook. Green may be around what he is capable of, he is a 18-8 player i think. Westbrook still isn't a true PG, but he is athletic, and could be that Rondo type eventually, maybe. Durant is sick. Harden is smooth, but lets see how he translates to the NBA, especially on defense.
Your frontcourt is pretty weak, and there is no depth really. You could fight for that 8th seed if Durant does what I think he will, and that is move into the top 5-6 players in the NBA. But you are still a year away from being a 45 win team easy

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 03:14 PM
Green isn't a star, and neither is Westbrook. Green may be around what he is capable of, he is a 18-8 player i think. Westbrook still isn't a true PG, but he is athletic, and could be that Rondo type eventually, maybe. Durant is sick. Harden is smooth, but lets see how he translates to the NBA, especially on defense.
Your frontcourt is pretty weak, and there is no depth really. You could fight for that 8th seed if Durant does what I think he will, and that is move into the top 5-6 players in the NBA. But you are still a year away from being a 45 win team easy


I agree with that...but I tihnk that westbrook will emerge as a great player this year...
I can see him averaging 18ppg 7 ast 5 rpg...he is a rising star is what I mean....
there is no doubt that he is better than any PG that Portland had two years ago...

Also Green is almost as good as Aldridge two years ago in my opinion...
Aldridge has a slight edge...but not by much...

CHECK THE STATS:

ALDRIDGE: 17.8ppg 7.6rpg

GREEN: 16.5PPG 6.7RPG

(so about 1 point and 1 rebound more than Green in the same time of his career)

and i think Durant cancels out B Roy....

I think the Thunder are on the same path as the Blazers...just two years behind....

tr3ymill3r
08-16-2009, 03:35 PM
If they are all hyperizing, they might go undefeated. If everyone is criticizing I'll say 34 wins. I love those commercials

Hawkeye15
08-16-2009, 03:58 PM
I agree with that...but I tihnk that westbrook will emerge as a great player this year...
I can see him averaging 18ppg 7 ast 5 rpg...he is a rising star is what I mean....
there is no doubt that he is better than any PG that Portland had two years ago...

Also Green is almost as good as Aldridge two years ago in my opinion...
Aldridge has a slight edge...but not by much...

CHECK THE STATS:

ALDRIDGE: 17.8ppg 7.6rpg

GREEN: 16.5PPG 6.7RPG

(so about 1 point and 1 rebound more than Green in the same time of his career)

and i think Durant cancels out B Roy....

I think the Thunder are on the same path as the Blazers...just two years behind....

well, Green plays out of position at PF, and really lives in transition mostly. He doesn't have the half court game of Aldrige. I don't think he is a star either. But Green has maxed out his game imo. Sure, he may get another basket and rebound, and this isn't a criticism, he is a very good player, I just don't see him becoming elite by any means.
Westbrook has to learn how to run a team. WHen he is in the open, he is great. But I still think his decision making needs to take strides, and he needs to recognize sets better.

I think Durant WILL cancel out Roy, starting this year. But the Blazers had youth and athletic ability at every position. OKC is molded a bit different. Harden, I have no idea what to expect. I am pulling for him, and I think he is smart enough, and more athletic than he gets credit for, so he should be a player.
The Thunder get their pick, and Pheonix's pick I believe, which should be relatively close to each other somewhere in the 10-14 range for both. They have cap space coming up. They are going to be a very good team potentially, but they aren't a threat to anyone this year I guess is all I am saying.

MajorFloridaFan
08-16-2009, 03:59 PM
30-40

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 04:47 PM
Green isn't a star, and neither is Westbrook. Green may be around what he is capable of, he is a 18-8 player i think. Westbrook still isn't a true PG, but he is athletic, and could be that Rondo type eventually, maybe. Durant is sick. Harden is smooth, but lets see how he translates to the NBA, especially on defense.
Your frontcourt is pretty weak, and there is no depth really. You could fight for that 8th seed if Durant does what I think he will, and that is move into the top 5-6 players in the NBA. But you are still a year away from being a 45 win team easy

I agree with you that they are not a threat....but i think they do have a slight chance to take the 8 spot in the west....they are so young and talented and if they can all play well together and bulid a chemistry I tihnk they have a chance at going about .500. Now I do say slight chance because I do not really think they will take the 8 spot.... I just feel that they are one of the 3 or 4 teams that will be in the race...

I give them a 20% chance to be in the playoffs this year...and about a 50 % chance for next year...and increasing year by year after that....

Eventually I think that they can become an elite team along with Portland...

Hawkeye15
08-16-2009, 04:51 PM
I agree with you that they are not a threat....but i think they do have a slight chance to take the 8 spot in the west....they are so young and talented and if they can all play well together and bulid a chemistry I tihnk they have a chance at going about .500. Now I do say slight chance because I do not really think they will take the 8 spot.... I just feel that they are one of the 3 or 4 teams that will be in the race...

I give them a 20% chance to be in the playoffs this year...and about a 50 % chance for next year...and increasing year by year after that....

Eventually I think that they can become an elite team along with Portland...

typically what kills young teams is coming out of the gate slowly. The Thunder will need to play .500 ball in the first half of the season to have any realistic chance of playoffs, and that is going to be hard to do with their youth. The 8th spot is wide open, but that is a lot to ask. I do think Durant moves into an elite status player, so anything is possible. Brooks gets them playing hard, but their frontcourt is just no good, and they will rely on Westbrook to grow big time.
I am excited for thier future, no doubt. I wouldn't put them with Portlands curve yet, but they have a bright future if they play it right.

INeedMyJays
08-16-2009, 04:55 PM
around 30-40. Much more improved team. Kevin Durant is a muthafcking beast.

LakeShowRaider
08-16-2009, 05:03 PM
42

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 05:17 PM
typically what kills young teams is coming out of the gate slowly. The Thunder will need to play .500 ball in the first half of the season to have any realistic chance of playoffs, and that is going to be hard to do with their youth. The 8th spot is wide open, but that is a lot to ask. I do think Durant moves into an elite status player, so anything is possible. Brooks gets them playing hard, but their frontcourt is just no good, and they will rely on Westbrook to grow big time.
I am excited for thier future, no doubt. I wouldn't put them with Portlands curve yet, but they have a bright future if they play it right.


BAD NEWS is that the Thunder have probably the hardest record in the NBA at the beginning of the season....

check this out

Oct 28 Sacramento Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Fri, Oct 30 Oklahoma City Detroit 8:00 PM ET -- --
Sun, Nov 01 Portland Oklahoma City 7:00 PM ET -- --
Tue, Nov 03 L.A. Lakers Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Fri, Nov 06 Oklahoma City Houston 8:30 PM ET -- --
Sun, Nov 08 Orlando Oklahoma City 7:00 PM ET -- --
Tue, Nov 10 Oklahoma City Sacramento 10:00 PM ET -- --
Wed, Nov 11 Oklahoma City L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET -- --
Sat, Nov 14 Oklahoma City San Antonio 8:30 PM ET -- --
Sun, Nov 15 L.A. Clippers Oklahoma City 7:00 PM ET NBATV --
Tue, Nov 17 Oklahoma City Miami 7:30 PM ET -- --
Wed, Nov 18 Oklahoma City Orlando 7:00 PM ET -- --
Fri, Nov 20 Washington Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Sun, Nov 22 Oklahoma City L.A. Lakers 9:30 PM ET -- --
Tue, Nov 24 Oklahoma City Utah 9:00 PM ET -- --
Fri, Nov 27 Milwaukee Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Sun, Nov 29 Houston Oklahoma City 7:00 PM ET -- --
Wed, Dec 02 Philadelphia Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET NBATV --
Fri, Dec 04 Boston Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Mon, Dec 07 Golden State Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Fri, Dec 11 Oklahoma City Memphis 8:00 PM ET -- --
Sun, Dec 13 Cleveland Oklahoma City 7:00 PM ET -- --
Mon, Dec 14 Oklahoma City Denver 9:00 PM ET -- --
Wed, Dec 16 Dallas Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET ESPN --
Fri, Dec 18 Detroit Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET -- --
Sat, Dec 19 Oklahoma City Houston 8:30 PM ET -- --
Tue, Dec 22 Oklahoma City L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET -- --
Wed, Dec 23 Oklahoma City Phoenix 9:00 PM ET --

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 05:18 PM
The link might be easier to read

http://www.nba.com/schedules/index.html?team=thunder

any thoughts>?

TheKing23
08-16-2009, 05:42 PM
I'd say 35-45.
That's what i'd like to see anyway, and I definitely think that's possible. Great young core (Harden, Westbrook, Green) surrounding a franchise player and superstar in the making in Kevin Durant.

They're a solid low post scorer away from being a real threat in the west.
A player like Al Jefferson would make them legit contenders in my opinion.

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 05:44 PM
I'd say 35-45.
That's what i'd like to see anyway, and I definitely think that's possible. Great young core (Harden, Westbrook, Green) surrounding a franchise player and superstar in the making in Kevin Durant.

They're a solid low post scorer away from being a real threat in the west.
A player like Al Jefferson would make them legit contenders in my opinion.

I agree with you on that...They have a ton of money for next summer...hopefully they can get one... or Krstic/Ibaka/Mullens can develop into something special...

I noticed that most people like the Thunder...not many haters...everyone is kind of rooting for the young studs

what54!?
08-16-2009, 05:46 PM
36-43. No higher unless they really gel together. hope they get the 8th spot. would like to see them there

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 05:50 PM
One more season fellas....one more season....then i think playoffs without a doubt

THiiRTYONE
08-16-2009, 05:55 PM
i say not more than 40 due to injuries, also the fact with no KD there seriously can be a problem!

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 05:56 PM
true...but they do have KD....

what54!?
08-16-2009, 06:02 PM
if westbrook works on his jumpshot and passing (I really think he's more of a 2 because he reminds me of D.wade) and harden can be solid I think the thunder have a chance at the 8th spot. Durant will have a good year and I think green will too. And down the road if mullens pans out (not this season though) the thunder will be scary good. They and the blazers could have a lot of good matchups for years

king4day
08-16-2009, 06:08 PM
Not a sexy bench. If healthy, they shold get close to 40 wins.
But if any key guy gets hurt then probably low 30's.
Outside of the young guys just getting better, they haven't done anything in the offseason that's made me say they are much better.

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 06:10 PM
They are young and improving every year

-Kobe24-TJ19-
08-16-2009, 06:15 PM
They will finish around 50%!

king4day
08-16-2009, 06:23 PM
Aceves isn't sharp today.
Surprised the misplay by hairston wasn't ruled an error

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 06:30 PM
Aceves isn't sharp today.
Surprised the misplay by hairston wasn't ruled an error

I think you might have meant to put this in the Mariners vs. YANKEES THREAD

king4day
08-16-2009, 06:32 PM
duplicate

king4day
08-16-2009, 06:36 PM
I think you might have meant to put this in the Mariners vs. YANKEES THREAD

My bad, I did it twice. Had them open in the same browser. I did this all through the playoffs last year too

blackjack_119
08-16-2009, 06:38 PM
Man is that disappointing :pity:
So close to getting out of it. But lack of control costs us again. That's the story of this game. Maybe 5 days off isn't good for him.

And how does that impact the number of wins the Thunder will get next season? Wrong thread buddy. Though as a Mariners fan, thanks for the update.

boms-4
08-16-2009, 06:47 PM
i think low 30's

dsickich123
08-16-2009, 06:51 PM
REALISTIC GOAL: 41 wins

Ironman5219
08-16-2009, 06:52 PM
They are still in the tough west, I agree they have a lot of potential but some growing pains as well... I say 35 wins

DOMDOM34
08-16-2009, 06:57 PM
35-45 WiNs

mY GueSS iS 42

bigsams50
08-16-2009, 08:14 PM
i say 32 wins

b_rad23
08-16-2009, 08:50 PM
36 and 46 IMO.

tland22
08-16-2009, 09:01 PM
35 wins is their ceiling