On April 27, 2018 the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz. The team had home court for the series and loss in the first round. The team prior to the beginning of this season was arguably the most hyped team in the league. Many people had them going all the way to the Western Conference Finals. Many people had them competing with the Golden State Warriors and be a top-3 teams in the West. So with all this hype about them to only get eliminated in the first round, is this the worst “super team” in NBA history?
Let’s look at the others
Many people will have the 2013-2014 Brooklyn Nets, 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers, 2003-2004 Lakers, the 2010-2011 Miami Heat, 2009-2010 Cleveland Cavaliers and even the 1996-1997 Houston Rockets ahead of the Thunder. Some of these teams made it far into the playoffs. Other teams had players who were either past their prime or close to the end of their prime or had injuries.
How it went wrong
This Thunder team only won one game more than they did the previous season. This was after general manager Sam Presti “robbed” the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks of their star players. The team ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs. They lost to a Jazz team whose best player is a rookie in Donovan Mitchell. Most fans thought the Jazz were not going to make the playoffs after losing Gordon Hayward in the off-season.
This Thunder team was very inconsistent as one game they would look very bad and then the next they would look like a legit contender. With this team coming up so short, is this the worst Big 3/super team in NBA history?