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Basketball by Association: 2013-14 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview

September 18th, 2013

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to bank on their limitless internal potential.

With a roster still planted in its early-to-mid 20s, can they realize enough of their developmental ceiling while matching pace with improving Western Conference competitors?

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will keep getting better, but how much more so? Will Reggie Jackson and/or Jeremy Lamb fill the void left by James Harden, then Kevin Martin? Can Serge Ibaka be the third star, not just the third wheel? Is Scott Brooks adaptable enough as a coach?

Unless this supporting cast begins to take great leaps forward, the Thunder are dangerously flirting with a John Stockton & Karl Malone Utah Jazz future: good enough to stay in the hunt during the right years, but lacking the overall firepower and depth to take down the truly elite teams in the end.

NBA Featured Columnist Adam Fromal joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

We look at the best and the worst of the Thunder's offseason along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail OKC's keys to a successful year while predicting its final position in the standings.

 

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