Top 50 Oklahoma City Thunder
This could actually change very quickly.
At present, the Oklahoma City Thunder own the history of the Seattle SuperSonics but should Seattle get a franchise back, it would be a shared history and make this all very confusing.
Let’s cross that bridge if we come to it!
The Seattle SuperSonics would enter the National Basketball Association as an expansion team in the 1967-68 season and by the mid-’70s the team became pretty good. The Sonics would go to the NBA Finals in 1978 in a losing effort against the Washington Bullets. They would meet the Bullets again in the Finals in 1979, however, the result was different as this time the boys from the Emerald City took the title, which to date is the only one in franchise history.
Seattle would reemerge as a league power in the 1990s and in 1996, led by eventual Hall of Famer, Gary Payton would go back to the Finals only to lose to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Good seasons would still follow, but like in the cases of so many other teams, the decline would come and blame would also fall on the facility. This would lead to relocation to Oklahoma City.
With Kevin Durant in tow, the now named Oklahoma City Thunder would reach the 2012 NBA Finals and while they lost to the Miami Heat, there was still hope for a championship in the future, though with the loss of Durant to free agency to the Golden State Warriors, the light has certainly dimmed. It would fall even further after Russell Westbrook left.
This list is up to the end of the 2020/21 season. Note: Basketball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.