I have recently rejoined the CelticsBlog family and I'll be doing their previews for all 30 NBA teams in their annual SBNation team preview project. Each article includes a breakdown of last season, a recap of the teamís summer, a full depth chart, keys to this season and predicted standings.
Next up is your beloved Oklahoma City Thunder. Here's a snippet:
FULL ARTICLE --- OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2014-15 PREVIEW - CELTICSBLOG.COM
X-FACTOR - Jeremy Lamb
One of the main ingredients Oklahoma City has lacked since the departure of Kevin Martin is a reliable third scorer. With Sefolosha out of the picture, Lamb is likely going to receive more opportunity than ever, and he will have a chance to elevate his game to new heights. On the surface, Lamb is a terrific athlete that plays well off the ball and is a legitimate threat to score from most areas on the floor. However, his role decreased in the second half of last season and he played just 9.1 minutes per game in the playoffs.
The starting shooting guard position has yet to be declared, but with two years under his belt in Scott Brooks' system, the spot may be Lamb's to lose. Anthony Morrow will give him a run for his money in what should be an hard-fought battle in training camp, but if Lamb can step up and put together a breakout year, it would help the team as much as any other factor you could name.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2014-15
With Kevin Durant coming off an MVP season and Russell Westbrook finally at full strength, you can expect the Thunder to contend for a championship and play better basketball with Batman and Robin together for more than half the season. This team isn't going anywhere, and they're as hungry as ever to get over the hump and not only advance to the Finals for the first time since 2012, but take home the hardware.
Dethroning San Antonio is one hell of a task but of all Western Conference competitors, Oklahoma City has the best chance to get it done.
1st - Northwest Division
2nd - Western Conference
At the top of the article, we have also included Welcome to Loud City's 2014-15 OKC preview, which they also posted this afternoon.
What do you guys think of your Thunder this year, OKC fans? Is this the year they finally win the championship?