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Oklahoma City Thunder record franchise-best start to the season

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have made a franchise-best start to the season in their first year without Kevin Durant.

Russell Westbrook, who is averaging 30.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 9.9 assists, has led the organisation to the summit of the Western Conference - where they sit level with the L.A. Clippers on 6-1.

However, it's certainly not the time for the Thunder to get overexcited about their chances of challenging in the Western Conference come the end of the season.

Their record against the west's best teams currently stands at 1-1; an impressive win in L.A. against the Clippers and a loss to Durant and his new Golden State teammates.

The win at Staples Center was certainly a statement of their intent for the season and shows just how good they can be with one transcendent superstar within their ranks.

However, the blowout loss to the Warriors showed their limitation - although, many franchises will leave the Bay with their tails between their legs as the Dubs click into gear.

Their other five wins have come against the Sixers, Suns, Lakers, Timberwolves and Heat, who have amassed a collective record of 11-22 since the opening night.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

Phoenix Suns v Oklahoma City Thunder

As the old adage goes, you can only beat what's in front of you, but the upcoming fortnight will really show if they are to be a big player in the conference.

Home encounters against the Toronto Raptors and L.A. Clippers - who will be keen for revenge - Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers, will be big tests.

On the whole, it's been impressive, but 6-1 only tells half the story.

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NBA
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Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook

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