As expected, the Oklahoma City Thunder were made a deep run into the playoffs, however this time they weren’t able to get one over on the San Antonio Spurs(who went on to win it all). This series loss was somewhat of surprise considering they had swept the season series 4-0.
Although it had to be said, Serge Ibaka’s absence from the first two games did enable the Spurs to gain an advantage and it was always an uphill battle from 2-0 down.
Nevertheless, this season, they will be looking to once again get to the NBA Finals for the first time since the 2012 and do what they could then – win. Here are four bold predictions for their season.
Scott Brooks will be fired
It’s not that Scott Brooks has done a bad job over the years, far from it. It’s just that OKC haven’t been able to meet expectation over the years. With such a talented core featuring Kevin Durant (the reigning Most Valuable Players), Russell Westbrook (One of the best point guards in the league) and Serge Ibaka (a shot blocking specialist who is one of the best denders in the league), Oklahoma City still haven’t gone back to the Finals since 2012, let alone this year.
Heck, just this year there were rumours circulating about job security and they got to the Conference finals. I doubt he would survive should the team fall at the same hurdle.
Serge Ibaka will be an All-Star
It’s incredible to think that Serge Ibaka is going into his sixth year as an NBA pro, and yet he has never been invited to the All-Star Game. He is one of the best defenders around he isn’t too shabby offensively either.
It’s understandable that he has never been voted on by the fans he isn’t exactly the most popular guy in the league. However, for the coaches to continuously pass him by is astoninishing.
No matter. 2015 will finally be the year he receives and some love because he will be a much bigger part of the offense, while still spiking away shots at the rim.
Kevin Durant will lose the MVP title
Durant finally beat out LeBron James to win the 2013-14 MVP award and gave a touching speech. But play time is over, King James is the best player on the planet and he wants his award back. And if history is anything to go by, the LeBron will reclaim it. Just like he did back in the
Also, you have to feel that James going back to is a touching storyline that will no doubt tug at the heart strings of the voters.
Russell Westbrook will be in the All-NBA 1st team
Westbrook is quite possibly the fastest, highest jumping point guard in the NBA. In other words, he is an athletic freak playing at the 1.
Those physical attributes helped him hound and corral opposing ball handlers like Chris Paul and Tony Parker during the Playoffs – although to be honest it was more so a case of harassing Parker than Paul.
Still that sort of defense has constantly pushes into All-Defensive first team conversations. But if he can hit levels anywhere near those similar to the playoffs (24points, 8.1 assists and 7.3rebounds), he will be a shoo in for the All-NBA First Team next year.