Quick Intro: Oklahoma City Thunder History
The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association. They play in the Northwest Division. Their colors are blue, orange and white.
Oklahoma City acquired the franchise from Seattle in 2008. During its time in Seattle the franchise was known as the Seattle Supersonics. The Supersonics was a franchise in Seattle since 1967. The Supersonics won one NBA championship in 1979.
Oklahoma City became a prime location for a NBA franchise after showing support for the New Orleans Hornets. After the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets were forced to play their home games in Oklahoma City. It was during this time that the NBA took notice that Oklahoma City had the size and enough interest to warrant giving them a franchise.
In what became perfect timing for Oklahoma City, the Seattle Supersonic franchise went up for sale in 2006. A group of investors from Oklahoma City purchased the franchise for $350 million. When they acquired the Supersonics the Thunder acquired its biggest star, Kevin Durant. Durant was the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
2008 marked the franchise’s first season in Oklahoma City. It also marked the opening of the Ford Center, the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In their first season the Thunder struggled ending with a record of 23-59. In the 2009-2010 season they showed improvement, earning a record of 50-32 and their first playoff birth since moving to Oklahoma City.
The Thunder is currently coached by Scott Brooks. Brooks won the NBA coach of the year for the 2009-2010 season.