With a new head coach in Billy Donovan, and expected healthy seasons for both superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise and its fans are ready for a run to the NBA Finals after last year’s lost season.
The core four players of Durant, Westbrook, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka have spent zero regular season minutes together, so there will still be a period of growth with this roster under a new head coach. It all begins during the NBA’s preseason schedule, in which the Thunder are playing tonight for the first time.
Oklahoma City plays their first preseason game against the division rival Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Thunder has six games before the regular season opener, including an international exhibition against Ulker Fenerbahce, who defeated the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in an exhibition game last week.
Secondary market OKC Thunder tickets are most expensive during the preseason slate for their game against the Denver Nuggets on October 18 at Chesapeake Energy Arena with an average price of $83.05 and a get-in price of $3. An October 13 game against the Dallas Mavericks comes in slightly under that mark with an average ticket price of $82.86 and a get-in price of $33. The cheapest preseason game comes against the aforementioned Fenerbahce club on October 9, having an average price of only $45 and a get-in price of $2, according to TotallyTickets.com.
It’ll be the debut of the Thunder’s 2015 NBA Draft first-round selection Cameron Payne out of Murray State, who will be the primary backup for Westbrook when need be. Veteran swingman Kyle Singler was also added during free agency. Payne missed Summer League contests due to a finger injury, but is now ready to go. He’s drawn rave reviews from the team and from Westbrook himself during the offseason, most notably for his smooth style of play.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have the fourth best odds to win the NBA championship, but are ranked third in the Western Conference in that regard. The LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are the teams currently ahead of the Thunder as it pertains to who has the best chances of winning it all this season, at least according to the Las Vegas lines-makers.
With the preseason about to commence, it only means that the regular season is that much closer to beginning. The Thunder have been waiting an entire season to see their two superstars healthy and on the court at the same time, and the wait will soon be over.