After acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony during the off-season last year, people had high hope for the Thunder this season. With many predicting that the new Thunder roster might even beat the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. That, however changed when the Thunder went 8-12 at the beginning of the season. The big reason for the teams failure came due to the lack of chemistry and ball movement between the big three of the Thunder. With Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook, previously, being the big man of their respective teams, each of them had a hard time passing the ball around and the team kept falling to one loss after other.
Even though the team managed to get back on the track, it has never been a smooth ride for them this season. The Thunder are currently the 7th seed in the Western Conference with a win-loss ratio of 34-27. With less than two months left in the playoffs, the Thunder need to secure at-least a 3rd or 4th position in the standings, in order to prevent themselves from getting knocked out by the Warriors or Rockets in the 1st round of the playoffs.
On paper, the Thunder look a lot stronger than the Rockets and is definitely a playoff contender, but the team standings tells a different story. In spite of the Rockets being the 1st seed currently, let’s step out of line here, and assume that the Thunder manages to beat the Rockets in the playoffs. Does that guarantees them reaching the finals? Absolutely not. The Thunder will still need to beat the Warriors and even though the Thunder have managed to beat them twice in the regular season, the Play-offs is a entirely different ball game.
Even if the Thunder manages to climb the ladder to the 3rd or 4th seed before the play-offs, looking at the current scenario, the ceiling for them is reaching the Western Conference finals.