On Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the superstar-filled Miami Heat 103-87 with Kevin Durant leading the team with a near triple-double of 28 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The team showed all the things that the Seattle fan base would have supported had their team not been stripped down to Ray Allen and a bunch of stiffs. Kevin Durant constantly reminds us of what it’s like to be on the good end of a #1/#2 pick decision( Seattle fan’s remember what happened with Rick Mirer) while Portland can only wish that there team had chosen Durant instead of the bust they chose, Greg Oden. The Thunder emulate everything that Sonics fan’s loved and supported of their mid-90′s to early 2000′s team’s.
Kevin Durant is the top 5 scorer that the old Sonics never really had but he likes to run the fast break like the old Sonics coached by the great George Karl would run. Together with point guard Russell Westbrook, they make a Payton-Kemp esque combination that the Seattle Sonics fan’s never embraced with Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen. In power forward Serge Ibaka, the team has the inside shot-blocking presence that the mid-90′s Sonics never had. We had 6’11 center Ervin Johnson manning the middle, but opposing team’s did not game plan around him when they worked on their offensive plays. Point guard Russell Westbrook brings to the game everything that Gary Payton was when he was that young. Sure Gary was never the high flier that Westbrook is, but he has the defense and cockiness and steadily improving game that Gary showed as he matured.
Finally General Manager Sam Presti, who was hired before the last season in Seattle, has been everything that Supersonics fan’s would have loved to see out of Wally Walker. Presti has yet to make any major mistakes in the draft or free agency. His foreign players have worked out, his high draft choices have lived up to their potential. Instead of drafting the Robert Swift’s, Sene’s and Johan Petro’s of the NBA, Presti has been making his team elite with lottery picks that actually make a difference. These day’s all that Seattle Supersonics fan’s can hope for is the old Sonics, Nick Collison and Kevin Durant to do well, and hope that Chris Hansen can work his magic to bring a NBA Franchise back to the city of Seattle.