How the Thunder failed to win a title after drafting three MVPs in a row

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  • Published on Aug 10, 2019
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden on the same team under the age of 24. They made a run to the 2012 NBA Finals before losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. From there, it was all downhill for OKC.
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  • Ricky
    Ricky Day ago

    Youd could wear a thick sweater with a full turtleneck and drink tea (but when you sip it hold it with both hands)

  • Valin
    Valin 3 days ago

    Lesson is Cheap Owners kill franchises

  • daniel kus
    daniel kus 4 days ago

    12:23 what does that mean

  • Spectrum
    Spectrum 5 days ago

    Not giving Harden a chance to prove himself then giving him away is the biggest mistake Presti made

  • Josh Gen
    Josh Gen 5 days ago

    Because they had the lowest IQ I’ve ever seen.

  • Anton Smith
    Anton Smith 5 days ago

    Cursed for snaking Seattle. Karma.

  • Excelling DEICIDE
    Excelling DEICIDE 6 days ago

    Incredible research that goes DEEP! Now this is what I call journalism📰🗞💯📈

  • HighburyAFCSoul
    HighburyAFCSoul 7 days ago

    Don't even call the Warriors team the greatest team of all time. There are at least 8 better teams off the top of my head that can rip them to shreds

  • ABock4
    ABock4 7 days ago

    As a Thunder fan, of course this video is painful to watch. But I have faith in Sam Presti’s ability to draft, and the Thunder have an embarrassment of draft picks now mostly because of the Paul George trade. We also got Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in that trade, and I think that he’s a future star. Adams is a dependable center. The point is, the Thunder have plenty to build around, and will have their pick of college standouts for years to come. So the statement by some that Lillard’s shot ended the Thunder’s franchise is absolutely ridiculous. Do the Thunder have some rebuilding to do? Of course. But we have a loyal fan base, a proven coach in Billy Donovan, and an organization that has a history of drafting well. We’ll be back.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 7 days ago

    Sad part is Westbrook and Harden will never win won

  • Horatio Hornblower
    Horatio Hornblower 8 days ago

    Just come up with the plan that all the "stars" make near max evenly to keep the core together. Assuming they wanted to.

  • Nicholas Tiew
    Nicholas Tiew 8 days ago

    Honestly the thunder deserves a championship they choke to much

  • Shawn 186
    Shawn 186 8 days ago

    At least they still have Aquaman.. lol

  • Panzerkampfwagen 1
    Panzerkampfwagen 1 9 days ago +1

    The Pittsburgh penguins drafted three future hall of famers/two mvps in three consecutive years. Then they won three Stanley cups in eight years 😂

  • akult isgod
    akult isgod 10 days ago

    russell westbrick

  • poopy poopsys
    poopy poopsys 10 days ago

    Rip

  • Clint Zuleger
    Clint Zuleger 12 days ago

    At 5:35. The future Aquaman.

  • Nikola Prahov
    Nikola Prahov 13 days ago

    so sad

  • Alex Y
    Alex Y 14 days ago

    You guys should do a video on the 1998 Minnesota Vikings

  • craig johnson
    craig johnson 15 days ago +2

    man i really thought this thunder squad was gonna take over the whole nba.

  • glorious leader
    glorious leader 15 days ago +3

    That's what yall get for pulling my Sonics out of Seattle

    • glorious leader
      glorious leader 17 hours ago

      @A Cat damn Kitty, take a joke. Just wishing Ill will on the team that was once mine. Logical? no. reasonable? probably not. what i'm going to do till I die? Undoubtedly.

    • A Cat
      A Cat Day ago

      Lol so you are blaming OKC and their fanbase for that? Blame Seattle for not being able to keep their own team in their city

  • pellman87
    pellman87 15 days ago

    Why the cringy music? Jeez

  • Jaydyn C
    Jaydyn C 16 days ago

    This I’ve watched many times and it makes me sad 😔 because my Okc fell apart right in front of my eyes

  • Jelly Maguire Maguire
    Jelly Maguire Maguire 16 days ago

    A parade of high level players
    Durant
    Westbrook
    Harden
    Ibaka
    Oladipo
    George

    All gone and no rings for OKC

  • David Pimentel
    David Pimentel 16 days ago

    move back to seattle

  • Curtis Harvey
    Curtis Harvey 17 days ago

    This will forever be insane. If they would've just taken the risk and paid Harden no doubt we would've gotten a Thunder Heat rematch. And with more experience under their belt it at least goes to 7 games who knows what happens then. But this is the problem with a lot of small market teams they usually don't know when or even how to pull the trigger. That's why the Spurs and Raptors front offices are forever respected.

  • D00MTR33
    D00MTR33 18 days ago

    How can the Warriors be the first team to blow a 3-1 lead to the Cavs when they just came back from being down 3-1 themselves?

    • D00MTR33
      D00MTR33 14 days ago

      @Flying V no, I meant they were down 3 to 1 before and came back to with. So they can't be the first team to blow a 3 to 1 lead since the team they played before blew a 3 to 1 lead to them.

    • Flying V
      Flying V 14 days ago

      D00MTR33 makes no sense. Refs? Getting too cocky thinking they could win? That’s what killed them I think.

  • Ben Wellman
    Ben Wellman 19 days ago

    How does your channel not have 1mil subscribers. Maybe my favorite and most underrated sports youtube channels there is

  • Creepy Cheese.
    Creepy Cheese. 19 days ago +1

    let me keep it simple for you. Russell westbrick is a player you dont wanna play with. People didnt like playing with kobe either, but the difference is, kobe actually won games.

  • Jezuz Gomez
    Jezuz Gomez 19 days ago +1

    3 nba stars lose to lebron🔥🔥

  • Curt
    Curt 20 days ago

    If only OKC had Aquaman at that time...

  • Elreezy
    Elreezy 20 days ago

    What's the music in the video? Because I am thinking of making my own collapse series on Facebook... Called: Downfall... Which represents the rise and even fall of voice over personalities.

  • C Brown
    C Brown 23 days ago

    Pat fn Beverly

  • t w
    t w 23 days ago

    They deserve it. Trash organization.

  • rico pesos
    rico pesos 24 days ago

    Am i missing something when did u ever mention the James Harden trade to Rockets or them losing the finals to Miami Heat ??

    • A Cat
      A Cat Day ago

      Lol did you watch the video

  • King in the North #kawhitown #wegotnow

    “I’m commited to OKC” signs a 4 year and 5 year extension deal respectively, after 2 years of going out in the first round of playoffs IMMEDIATELY requested trade ROFL

  • Brock Samson
    Brock Samson 25 days ago

    How much we are real sports family Guy that runs almost cried

  • Philipe Yan
    Philipe Yan 26 days ago +1

    SonicGate Karma payback...shame on Bennett for robbing Seattle of OUR SONICS!!! Our drafts!!! Greed of Mankind

  • Vincent Chen
    Vincent Chen 27 days ago

    If Durant went to join the rockets, which we all know he wouldn't because
    1. He said that in the Ibaka show, saying "I'm cool with that~ Let's Move on." if i recalled.
    2. He signed 4-year contract along with Kyrie so GG.

    but let's just say if !!! That happens. I believe all Thunder Fans with root for Rockets if the Rockets won the title of the trio combination.

    This is just a sad story timeline in the end.

  • Kordell Farmer
    Kordell Farmer 27 days ago

    4:42 when you but and try to continue to keep going but just can’t

  • Daniel Cruz
    Daniel Cruz 27 days ago

    😔

  • imapiuuump
    imapiuuump 28 days ago

    But the Heat had other plans for them 😂😂

  • Keimahnee Brown
    Keimahnee Brown 28 days ago +1

    They need to go back to Seattle, I miss my Supersonics

  • geotechms
    geotechms 28 days ago

    This was extremely well written, thanks for the video

  • Chet Patel
    Chet Patel 28 days ago

    crazy to think they had three future NBA mvps on that team and underperformed.

  • Brandon The Drum Daddy

    This story sad as hell! I remember every waking moment of these events happening

  • Alexander Chrystall
    Alexander Chrystall 28 days ago

    Mate this suck for OKC fans. It must be so heartbreaking getting your hopes up just too loose them every year. Granted OKC have tons of picks and I have no doubt they will be a force in years to come. Also super happy that OKC did right for Russ. He was always loyal and them pairing him with Harden was just a thank you note.

  • amonstersmusic
    amonstersmusic 29 days ago

    Hardens choke vs the Heat in The Finals, Beverly causing Westbrooks injury in the next playoffs, and Steph Currys Warriors ultimately ruined OKCs chances

  • Ofentse Modiselle
    Ofentse Modiselle 29 days ago

    They should make an OKC movie and call it Sonics

  • Squanchy Digs Your Squanch

    They were just way too young & inexperienced.

  • Kevin Kim
    Kevin Kim Month ago

    They didn’t play together. It’s a team sport.

  • Smallvillefreak616
    Smallvillefreak616 Month ago

    “For a haul” 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Smallvillefreak616
    Smallvillefreak616 Month ago +2

    They drafted them, but they didn’t want to pay Harden and traded him.

  • Mark Flores
    Mark Flores Month ago

    Miami Heat beat the young OKC by flopping.

  • Waleed Imtiaz
    Waleed Imtiaz Month ago +1

    By putting all their eggs in the Westbrook basket.

  • Beeman 2892
    Beeman 2892 Month ago +1

    Houston now they are reunited

  • Antonio LaMontagne
    Antonio LaMontagne Month ago

    Simple answer: lebron

  • WildSandwich
    WildSandwich Month ago +1

    They're cursed forever for what the owner did. Period.

  • Ded Channel
    Ded Channel Month ago +3

    Harden seriously bro whats 5 million less when you already getting 40mil plus you wouldve won a ring!!

    • Mac-Gustave MULONDA K
      Mac-Gustave MULONDA K 24 days ago

      REALLY CAN YOU RESIST WHEN YOU SEE LESS TALENTED GETTING MORE CONSIDERATION AND MONEY? HE WAS ELITE AND IT WAS NOT A DEBATE BUT HE STILL CAME OFF THE BENCH COME ON

    • Diallo Miller
      Diallo Miller Month ago

      Ded Channel its what he deserved plus he didn't know he was gonna be making 40 .. the cap recently expanded

  • Alejandro Serrano
    Alejandro Serrano Month ago

    Looking back at it know, its just too crazy.

    OKC had future 3 MVPs in their rooster, developing together.

    They reached the finals with a young team.

    Harden is currently the deadliest offensive player.
    Westbrook averaged a triple double twice.
    Durant has 2 rings and fmvps.
    even Ibaka has a ring now.

    This team was Golden State before Golden State. Easily coulda been the greatest dinasty ever