Posted by: Bobby Johnson on August 4th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
OKC had a break out year last season,(obvious) it will come as no surprise to anyone if they are fighting for the 2,3 or 4 seed, but that, in my opinion works to their disadvantage. Of course they have the youngest super star in the league, Durant, so you can never sell talent like that short. i just don’t see them as a complete team…..yet. The rest of the NBA will not over-look them as they did last year. And i don’t know the stats, but it happens frequently that a superior team will lose to an inferior team, based on the idea that its a long season, players will step on the court playing the Nets, Twolves ect. ect. and just expect it to be an easy night and end up with a loss. (although the Nets and Twolves records last season don’t proove my point very well) I don’t think anyone this season is going to show up to play OKC and underestimate them. plus i believe in history when it comes to organizations, the OKC/Seattle organization doesn’t have the reputation of winning as of recent or really ever given a string of succesful seasons here and there. Keep in mind that it could be that last season OKC was a fluke, maybe they fight for the 8 seed again this year. (remeber Golden State a couple seasons ago?) I just want to see more than one good year that showed potential fighting for the 8 spot before i give them credit for contending for the 2. I wonder what the stat is on teams that made the 8 seed that didn’t make the play-offs the next season? anyone?
I will respect teams like the Mavs, Nuggets, Spurs, Suns and even Blazers before OKC. Mavs are winners/choke artists depending on the night, but the record shows they know how to win more than lose. Nuggets seem to not have the chemistry they did a couple years back, but unless Melo doesn’t resign, how can you respect OKC = Durant and not Nugs = Melo thats sorta 6’s if you ask me. while Denver has better bigs. As a Jazz fan, i don’t know if i’ll ever feel confident when we play the Spurs, they have our number and a championship core that is aging, but i still respect veteran proven talent over young potentail talent. The jury is still out on the Blazers, i think they very well could be the West’s break out team of the year without injuries.
After all is said and done, i am an OKC/Durant/Westbrook fan, i just don’t see them in the 2. if things go their way, and a couple key teams, like us, struggle with health and chemistry, they will be in the top half of the bracket.
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