Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets
The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team plays for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and competes in the NBA’s Western Conference Northwest Division. All of the Oklahoma City Thunder home games are played at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. If you are a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and would like to learn more about the team, its history, and how to get your hands on the best Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets, then read on.
About the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball team that was founded in 1967. They are the only professional North American major league sports team that competes in the entire state of Oklahoma.
The Thunder originally started out as an expansion team and were known as the Seattle SuperSonics. They would join the NBA in the 1967-68season.
The official team colors for the Oklahoma City Thunder are Thunder Blue, Dark Blue, Sunset, and Yellow.
A History of the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder originally started out as an expansion team and were based in Seattle. At that time, they were known as the Seattle SuperSonics. They played in Seattle for 41 seasons and have a win-loss record in the regular season of 1745–1585 (.524), and in the playoffs, 107–110 (.493). During their time in Seattle, the franchise won an NBA title in 1979 as well as three Western Conference championships.
The Move to Oklahoma City
In 2006, ownership of the Seattle SuperSonics switched hands. Their previous owner, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, made a deal to sell the team to Clay Bennett and a group of investors from Oklahoma City. After the sale, it was announced that the team would be relocated to Oklahoma City.
The move itself was quite controversial, with many people in Seattle feeling betrayed by the new management and their decision to relocate the franchise.
In 2008, the franchise was officially unveiled to the public with its new name, the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as a new logo and team colors.
Settling into Oklahoma City
When the team moved to Oklahoma City, it was time to rebrand and rebuild themselves. As with any new team, the first couple of games were tough, and the Thunder had a difficult time securing any wins. In their first regular season home opener, they went up against the Milwaukee Bucks and lost. Their first win came against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This was followed by a disastrous 10 game losing streak. As a result of this prolonged period of dismal performance, the team decided to fire their head coach, P. J. Carlesimo, and assistant Paul Westhead
Assistant Coach Scott Brooks took over the helm until a replacement was found. The team ended up losing an additional four games but averted securing one of the worst franchise losing streaks by winning a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Thunder began to show marked improvement as the 2008-09 season progressed. They finished the regular season with a 20-30 win-loss record and finished the season with a 23-59 record. They were also showing signs of becoming a stronger team; winning more often and playing more competitively in each game. Due to the team’s success, Scott Brooks was made the official head coach of the Thunder.
The Thunder, since their move to Oklahoma, also became a more valuable team. Forbes magazine estimated that the team was valued at $300 million – a 12% increase from what their value was in Seattle. They were also selling more tickets and becoming fan favorites.
Building a Stronger Franchise
Inaugural seasons are often fraught with difficulty became it is a period of adjustment. The Oklahoma City Thunder, having had a promising first season, were determined to work out any additional kinks in their second season and become a stronger team.
They added the likes of James Harden, RodriguevBeaubois, Serge Ibaka, Byron Mullens, Russell Westbrook, Etan Thomas, Kevin Ollie, and EricMaynor to the roster.
This new team was putting up a determined and integrated face. The dynamics of the teams’ younger talent, combined with the experience and leadership of players like Kevin Durant, made for a very strong team on the court.
In the 2009-10 season, the Thunder proved their worth against some of the best teams in the NBA. They won a number of games against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, and the Dallas Mavericks. These wins put the Thunder on everyone’s radar and helped to establish their reputation.
They went on to become serious playoff contenders when they had a 9 game winning streak. Kevin Durant was also doing fantastic in that season and managed to become the youngest player in the NBA to win the scoring title.
At the end of the season, the Thunder finished with a 50-32 record. They finished in fourth place in the Northwest Division and in eighth place in the Western Conference and therefore earned themselves a spot in the 2010 NBA Playoffs. They would eventually go on to lose to the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nevertheless, it appeared that the Thunder needed to improve in many ways as a franchise. They were ranked 12th in the NBA in terms of overall attendance, and their estimated franchise value increased over $10 million from the previous season.
The Thunder through the Years
With each successive season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have improved their performance and record. Led for many years by Kevin Durant, the Thunder said goodbye to their all-star player at the end of the 2015-16 season. The controversial move was not well received by fans and critics alike.
The team hopes to move on with the talent of Russell Westbrook.