The Oklahoma City Thunder have formed the newest big three in the NBA after adding All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to superstar Russell Westbrook.
The anticipation and excitement surrounding the team heading into this season is a drastic change to last year when the Thunder faced their first ever season without Kevin Durant following his decision to join the Golden State Warriors.
In the absence of KD, Westbrook became a one-man band and won his first MVP award after a historic campaign.
But it was clear the point guard needed more talent around him if OKC were to challenge for a championship and general manager Sam Presti did a brilliant job of providing his star player with exactly that this summer.
He pulled off two of the biggest deals by offloading Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers for George and sending Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott to the New York Knicks to acquire Carmelo.
Despite their qualities individually, there is a question mark over whether the trio can build a relationship on the floor as they are all ball-dominant players.
Westbrook was keen to send a message out to explain that the process will take time.
“I think one thing (that’s) key for everybody to know, especially you guys … you guys keep asking about the chemistry every damn day … we’re gonna get it together,” Westbrook told Erik Horne of NewsOK. “It’s a season-long thing. It’s not gonna happen overnight.
“If you keep asking us every day, it’s not gonna change. We’re gonna get it together. We’re professionals. This is something we obviously want to see work and make it happen, so it’s gonna be a process.”
All three players have spent time leading their teams but due to their recent lack of success, they are all willing to make it work on the floor and do whatever it takes.
Melo and PG13 will have to make significant adjustments to suit Westbrook's style of play and in turn, he'll have to share the load more and benefit from having other stars around him.
The Thunder's offseason moves clearly convinced the MVP to commit his future to the franchise as he finally put pen to paper on a whopping five-year, $205 million contract extension.
The eight-time All-Star ended all the speculation over the summer and can now focus on overcoming his former teammate in Golden State armed with a stellar supporting cast.