Thunder still has much to prove

Although the Oklahoma City Thunder deserve the gushing praise that has been dispensed on their behalf, it would seem slightly premature to begin measuring for ring sizes.

The Thunder are young and exciting. They have the youngest scoring champion in NBA history and he has a superstar guard as a sidekick. The third scorer has improved markedly from last season and unquestionably has star qualities.

And none of those three – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden – has yet to celebrate a 24th birthday.

The center (Kendrick Perkins) is unspectacular and light on the boards, but he’s a good defender, large and functional. The role players embrace their jobs, play with enthusiasm and provide efficient support.

The Thunder won 55 games last year, are currently the only team to win 80 percent of their games and have many supporters – certainly at home, but also across the NBA – who believe a championship is in the immediate future.

I’m not one of those people. I’m dubious about the Thunder developing championship pedigree – at least in the short term.

[To read original column on Sheridanhoops.com, click here]

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