The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association. In 1979, they won their first and so far, only NBA Championship title.

Team Profile

The Oklahoma City Thunder also known simply as Oklahoma or the Thunder were established in 1967. They play in the National Basketball Association in the Western Conference and the Northwest Division.

Their current home arena is Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Their team colors are thunder blue, sunset, yellow, and dark blue. They are affiliated with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA G League.

As of 2024, the team’s Head Coach is Mark Daigneault.

History

The franchise was previously known as the Seattle Supersonics, from 1967 to 2008, before becoming the Thunder in 2008.

The change happened when the team was sold by the Seattle-based Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to the Professional Basketball Club LLC, which was a group of Oklahoma City-based investors.

The Supersonics won the NBA title in 1979. The Thunder are yet to be NBA champions, although the side were Conference champions in 2012 with a star-studded line-up featuring James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Kendrick Perkins.

Country United States United States
City Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Founded 1967
Ground Paycom Center
Nickname OKC
Coach Mark Daigneault
Website http://nba.com/thunder

The team is owned by the Professional Basketball Club LLC and the General Manager is Sam Presti.

Their most recent Division Title came in 2016.

Notable Players

Some of the more notable players who were part of the OKC roster at one time or another include Durant and Westbrook who were named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

Other top players for OKC include Harden who was named the 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year while he was with the team.

Major Achievements

  • 1 NBA Championships (1979)
  • 4 Conference Titles (1978, 1979, 1996, 2012)
  • 11 Division Titles (1979, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)

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