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The Oklahoma City Thunder have had a disappointing start to the new season so far as they have a 1-2 record after three games played. It's fair to say the team hasn't started the 2017-18 season the way they would have liked to.

Fans shouldn't draw conclusions too quickly though, as unlike previous seasons since their NBA Finals run, the Thunder now has a squad that many have classed as a super team with the capabilities to compete for one of the top seeds in the Western Conference.

It was an extremely successful offseason for Oklahoma, as general manager Sam Presti provided the 2017 MVP winner Russell Westbrook some much-needed support in the form of Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, and Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks.

For George, the team only had to give up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for the former Pacers star, while for Anthony, the team sent away Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

Despite the talent now on the roster though, the Thunder have started 1-2 to begin the 2017-18 NBA season, with their most recent defeat being a 115-113 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

Speaking following the 96-87 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, Westbrook was asked if the game is different playing with two All-Stars according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman. The MVP winner replied by saying it wasn't because the game always tells you what to do, whether it be shoot or pass.

It's not surprising that Westbrook might be asked if the game is different playing alongside George and Anthony since both players while with their previous teams had a lot of the ball when their team was in possession.

For the Thunder to be competitive in the Western Conference, there will need to put an emphasis on ball movement and taking the best shot possible, so don't expect Westbrook to go back to being a one-man show anytime soon.

He's got the support needed for the team to now push hard for a spot in the NBA Finals once more, they just need to find their chemistry in order to string some wins together to achieve a good seed in the conference.

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