NBA gambling fans saw OKC go from a 23 win season in their inaugural campaign to all the way to a 50 win season and a playoff berth with the NBA gambling odds.
Oklahoma City opened at Sports-Gambling as a +1400 choice to win the NBA title and as a +600 selection for the Western Conference title with an over/under win total of 51.5.
Head coach Scott Brooks took over on an interim basis in 2008-09 and was hired for the full time gig last year and was rewarded as the NBA Coach of the Year for his efforts. Brooks was a 10 year point guard in the NBA and is well respected for his knowledge and communication skills. The Thunder plays hard for him as a result.
Oklahoma City saw a superstar emerge last year with Kevin Durant, who became the youngest NBA scoring champion ever as he pumped in 30.1 points per game at age 21. Durant scored at least 25 points in 29 consecutive games and was both an all star and a first team All NBA selection.
Oklahoma City knows a good thing when they see it as proven by the 5 year contract extension signed by Durant that is worth $85 million. Durant is not afraid to mix it up in the paint as he led the Thunder with 7.6 rebounds per game.
Point guard Russell Westbrook is another key NBA betting asset for the Thunder as he led the team with 8 assists per game and 16.1 points per game scoring.
Brooks is excited about first round draft pick Cole Aldrich, a center with a tremendous work ethic that should fit right in at Oklahoma City and make the Thunder an even more dangerous NBA betting online commodity. Aldrich is the one piece of the puzzle that was missing last year and will get every opportunity to earn playing time and a key role.
Oklahoma City surprised many NBA gambling handicappers by their pesky performance in the playoffs in which they extended the eventual world champion Los Angeles Lakers to 6 games in their first round series.
It was considered a portent of things to come as the Thunder could emerge as the leading alternative to the Lakers in a weakened Western Conference for 2010-11.
With a young and up and coming roster the future is bright for OKC.