Oklahoma City Thunder

Vegas Over/Under: 51.5

The Record Projection: 52-30 of fromal The Bet: Avoid lean over
Since Kyle Wagner broke down for FiveThirtyEight, the inclusion of Paul George immediately reversed the Oklahoma City Thunder back into contention in the Western Conference:
“The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins on their own. However, CARMELO thinks so little of this Thunder seat that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That seat was bad this past year, but young players such as Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, and also the team desperately wanted last year. However, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection does not put the team nearly at the amount of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, obtaining George should have an outsize influence on the Thunder.”
The TL;DR version here is that even without factoring in the upside which stems from possible internal advancement, the Thunder already should have been expected to win 51 games. And that was written before OKC inked Patrick Patterson–a power forwards who matches perfectly with another anticipated starting pieces–to a bargain of a deal.
Improving much past the 51-win benchmark is a difficult task as the Thunder try to weave in new players effortlessly. But after viewing Russell Westbrook function as a one-man show throughout his MVP-winning campaign, they now get to put so much more talent around him.
Expect big things.

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