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Best Potential 2016-17 NBA Trade Deadline Targets for Oklahoma City Thunder

January 8th, 2017
At 22-16, the Oklahoma City Thunder are seventh in the Western Conference and six games in the clear for the playoffs. With a real chance to compete for first-round home-court advantage, it's only reasonable to explore the trade market. The Thunder entered the season with a young roster and unclear expectations, ...

Quarter-Season Grades for Each Oklahoma City Thunder Player

December 20th, 2016
Having crossed the quarter-season mark of the 2016-17 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have firmly established themselves as serious playoff contenders with a 16-12 record, ranking seventh in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City tipped off Russell Westbrook's revenge tour in style, leading the West seven games into the year. But ...

3 Players Who Still Have to Step Up for the OKC Thunder

November 21st, 2016
Optimism surrounding the Oklahoma City Thunder is dwindling. The team has cooled down considerably following a hot 6-1 start to the season, as it sits sixth in the Western Conference with an 8-6 record. The Thunder have signature victories against two conference rivals—the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets—but most wins have been (too) hard-fought. OKC ...

Diagnosing OKC Thunder’s Remaining Roster Flaws

November 8th, 2016
Kevin Durant's and Serge Ibaka's departures left plenty of cracks, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have looked splendid so far, leading the Western Conference following a hot 6-1 start. OKC has taken care of business against inferior teams, logged an impressive win against the Los Angeles Clippers on the road and received ...

2016-17 NBA Season Predictions for Each OKC Thunder Player

October 25th, 2016
After years of comfortable certainty, the Oklahoma City Thunder are heading into a season of unease. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka are gone, and so is any realistic chance of a title run. But basketball won't stop, and the Thunder are certainly in contention for a playoff spot, even after having ...

Predicting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Final 15-Man 2016-17 Roster

October 11th, 2016
The Oklahoma City Thunder should head into 2016-17 with modest expectations, as they firmly shift their focus toward rebuilding. With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka gone, any realistic hope of a deep playoff run is vanished. Just making it to the postseason would be a terrific achievement for the Thunder, who ...

OKC Thunder 2016-17 NBA Training Camp Roster Rankings

October 5th, 2016
The Oklahoma City Thunder are entering a new, scary era, one without the certainty of title contention. Even though the roster isn't entirely bereft of talent, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka are gone—and so are the (realistic) championship aspirations. Oklahoma City will instead go through a competitive rebuilding stage, and there ...

Which Boston Celtics Rookies Should Make the 2016-17 Roster?

July 28th, 2016
Barring any major moves, the Boston Celtics' core for next season is already established. But roster spots are still up for grabs, and plenty of young candidates are fighting for them. The Celtics ended up with eight picks in the 2016 NBA draft. The team has already traded some of those ...

Report Card Grades for Each Golden State Warriors 2016 Free-Agent Signing

July 18th, 2016
The Golden State Warriors are the undisputed victors of free-agency's circus, having landed the biggest prize of this summer's crop: Kevin Durant. The 2014-15 NBA champions took full advantage of the cap boom, strengthening the greatest regular-season team ever with a four-time scoring champion. The "rich get richer" aphorism has never been truer.  The Warriors ...

Report Card Grades for Each Offseason Move for Boston Celtics

July 15th, 2016
The Boston Celtics came up short in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes but landed a terrific consolation prize: Al Horford. President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge has operated with cautious efficiency so far, but he's likely not done yet. According to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, the Celtics will be first in line ...