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Thunder in postseason discussion

PER Diem: Dec. 15, 2009

Updated: December 15, 2009, 1:44 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Kevin DurantLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesDon't look now -- Kevin Durant and the Thunder are on their way to becoming threats out West.

DENVER -- The Thunder didn't win Monday night against the Nuggets, but at 12-11 and playing the league's most difficult schedule, I think it's safe to say they're ahead of schedule. Tuesday's Playoff Odds project the Thunder to win 45 games, which would nearly double last season's total of 23, even though Oklahoma City has virtually the same personnel it had in 2008-09.

It would be an amazing turnaround for a team that started last season 3-29. It's easy to forget that less than a year ago, the Thunder were where the Nets are now. People were comparing them to the worst teams of all time and wondering if they'd break the Sixers' hallowed 9-73 mark of 1972-73.

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