We are ready to unveil a new Top 50, and again it comes from the hardwood. It is the Top 50 of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Originally, the Seattle SuperSonics, the franchise would win the NBA Championship in 1979, the year after they went to their first NBA Finals. The Sonics would again go to the Finals in 1996, though would lose to the juggernaut that was the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls.
As much as the Seattle fans supported their team, a new ownership group from Oklahoma City purchased the team and brought the franchise to the state of Oklahoma, the first major franchise to arrive there.
Now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder, “OKC” would go to the Finals, though they would fall short against the Miami Heat.
As the city of Seattle owns the rights to the Sonics name, a new team in the Emerald City would revert the history of this team in Seattle away from the Thunder, however as it stands now, this list begins from 1967, when Seattle first gained a team.
The entire list can be found here but for those who want a sneak peak, the top five are:
1. Gary Payton
2. Kevin Durant
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Jack Sikma
5. Shawn Kemp
This list takes into account traditional statistics, advanced metrics and playoff performance.
It is up to the end of the 2015-16 Season.
Up next will be another NBA team, with the Atlanta Hawks.