NBA Power Rankings: Counting Down the League’s Top 10 Teams

April 3rd, 2012 by Will Leivenberg Leave a reply »

Despite a grueling loss to the Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder assumed the NBA throne as they capped off the tail end of March with six consecutive victories. 

For the “Durantula”-led Thunder, it wasn’t just the fact that they were on a hot streak, but rather, it was significant because of the teams they were beating. They tore through their Western Conference competition and L.A.’s tandem, the Clippers and the Lakers. Then, they ventured to the Eastern Conference, where they boldly beat the Miami Heat and a Derrick Rose-less Bulls squad. 

Their terrific play has been as much a product of Russell Westbrook’s jump shot as Serge Ibaka’s defense or James Harden’s presence off the bench. This team isn’t about one player or even two—which was the root of their problem last year in the playoffs.

Instead, they are now a deep team brimming with confidence and eager to prove that just because the average age of their starting five is 23 years old, it doesn’t mean they don’t have the skills to bring home a championship.

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