Oklahoma City Thunder
Well, you know they were coming.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two of the best five players in the NBA, and they are both 26 years old. That automatically vaults the Thunder to a lofty pedestal among the league’s future powers, and to make matters scarier for Cleveland and the rest of the league, Oklahoma City is also a contender for this particular season.
Because of Westbrook’s recent heroic play, the Thunder have the inside track toward a playoff spot, and with Durant recovering in the next week or two, no one wants to see Oklahoma City.
Beyond this season, OKC possesses a strong young nucleus to surround their top duo, with Serge Ibaka, Enes Kanter and Mitch McGary policing the paint and the flexibility to add pieces with a bevy of low-cost, potentially high-upside trade chips.
It may seem simple, but a team led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook might just be a stumbling point for LeBron in his pursuit of a third title. Imagine that.