Just two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were on top of the world.
The Thunder reached the NBA Finals after upsetting the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals and although they were defeated in five games by the Miami Heat, it was clear they were going to be a force. They had two superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, a blossoming superstar in James Harden and an excellent big man in Serge Ibaka.
However, since then the Thunder traded Harden to the Houston Rockets.
Last season, the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Thunder in the second round of the playoffs but the Thunder were without Westbrook, so the loss was understandable.
This season, it was Ibaka who was injured, missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, both Thunder losses. Ibaka returned in game 3 and the Thunder tied the series at two, but were blown out in game 5, then blew a second half lead and lost game 6 in overtime.
Throughout the postseason, many critics have pointed to head coach Scott Brooks’ coaching style as the reason the Thunder have not yet reached their full potential and many believe he could lose his job.
However, Durant, the league’s MVP, has endorsed Brooks as head coach.
Kevin Durant when asked if he endorses Scott Brooks: “That’s our guy. I’m riding with him.”
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) June 1, 2014
Durant averaged 27.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the regular season, then averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in the postseason.