Hear the Thunder Roar in Oklahoma City This Season
Powered by the remarkable talents of Kevin Durant and Russell
Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder are once again one of the true contenders for the NBA title this season. Headed out to
a Thunder game this year? This is what you have to know before you arrive!
The Thunder's fiercest
rivalry might be with their fellow Western conference power, the San Antonio Spurs; the two have battled in a few fierce playoff
series over the years. Additionally, the Thunder have a rivalry with the Portland Trail Blazers that dates back to their shared
Pacific Northwest heritage from many years ago. The team's battles with the Golden State Warriors - another deep, young team
in the Western Conference - have become extraordinary, prime-time television fodder. Those fans lucky enough to get Oklahoma
City Thunder parking passes for a matchup with the champion Heat, though? They might be seeing the best young rivalry in the
The current Thunder are one of the most exciting, dynamic teams in the entire league. Ticket buyers
who have picked up Oklahoma City Thunder parking passes can sit down and marvel at the remarkable athletic exploits of the
great Kevin Durant, the long-armed, spider-like forward who is a prolific, MVP-level scorer. He's joined on the team by his
dynamic running mate Russell Westbrook, the super-athletic, high-flying point guard out of UCLA who is one of the best scoring
and playmaking guards in the NBA. The two are complemented by talented defensive Serge Ibaka and exciting young backcourt
players, like Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb. Nick Collison fills out a very deep, talented bench for the Thunder.
The Oklahoma City Thunder team began life under a different name, existing for many decades as the Seattle SuperSonics,
a one-time NBA championship franchise that boasted such great players as Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf over
its history in the Northwest. After various problems with the city and the arena escalated to the point of no return in 2008,
the Sonics' owners moved the franchise to the Midwest, christening the new team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Boosted by the
exploits of high draft picks Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the young Thunder quickly roared into the playoffs,
taking the Lakers to six games in 2010, battling the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals in 2011 and losing to the
Miami Heat in five games in the 2012 NBA Finals. Most recently, the Thunder - plagued by injuries - dropped in the second
round in 2013. They remain one of the favorites to win the title this year, though.
Hall of Fame Players
the Sonics, the franchise featured Hall of Fame-level talents like "The Glove" Gary Payton and the dominating dunker Shawn
Kemp. Those who pick up Oklahoma City Thunder parking passes to see the current team are going to be able to see future Springfield
honorees, like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, dominate.
Here's some trivia for all of you Thunder
fans. Who was the player selected one spot before Kevin Durant in the draft? Where did Kevin Durant play college basketball?
What is the name of the arena the Thunder currently play at? And Thunder player Serge Ibaka is a native of what country?
Greg Oden, Texas, Chesapeake Energy, Congo
As the Thunder, Oklahoma City has made one trip
to the finals - dropping the series in five games to the LeBron James-led Heat in 2012. They've been steady contenders ever
since. As the Sonics, the franchise won one title in 1979.