GM for a day: OKC Thunder

Assessing Oklahoma City's current state and long-term outlook

Updated: December 19, 2013, 3:30 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

ThunderLayne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Thunder's future is tied to the young trio of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

What are some of the questions NBA general managers face on a daily basis? Well, for each team, we're going to ask those questions and then try to answer them. Last week we kicked off the series by examining the Chicago Bulls, and today we're continuing our trip around the league by analyzing the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Regardless of whether a team is aiming for a title this season or angling for a choice lottery pick, the process of re-assessing an organization is always evolving. However, the overriding question never changes: How do we get from here to a title?


1. Where do the Thunder reside on the arc of contention?


Oklahoma City is right on the cusp of an NBA title, and has been for nearly half a decade. Since the beginning of the 2009-10 season, the Thunder rank a close third in regular-season wins (232), behind San Antonio (239) and Miami (236). They have just one Finals appearance to show for all of that winning, losing in the 2011 Western Conference finals to eventual champion Dallas, and dropping out in the second round last season after Russell Westbrook was injured.


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