Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity. As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 Oklahoma City Thunder of all-time.
As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Please note that this is the first update since 2016, and it does not reflect the current season. Please also note that the history of the Thunder includes that of the Seattle SuperSonics.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.
The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
2. Gary Payton
3. Kevin Durant
4. Shawn Kemp
5. Jack Sikma
We have used a different algorithm from our initial list, and this has resulted in a few changes that are reflected on the entire list, and even in the top five.
Current Houston Rocket, Russell Westbrook, takes over at #1 from #3 three years ago. The last two seasons he had with OKC, put him over Durant and Payton. Gary Payton dropped from #1 to #2 due to Westbrook’s ascension to the top. Kevin Durant, who almost made it to number, fell from #2 to #3. With the new algorithm in use, Shawn Kemp and Jack Sikma reversed their rank at #4 and #5 respectively.
There were other significant changes. We dropped the ball by not ranking Serge Ibaka. That was a major oversight, and the Congolese Center enters at #11. Steven Adams, who has been their Center for the last few seasons, debuts at #17.
As always, we thank you for your support.