The Oklahoma City Thunder are an American professional basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA); their home court is at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder's NBA Development League affiliate is the Tulsa 66ers, who are owned by the Thunder. The Thunder are the only team in the Major professional North American sports leagues located in the state of Oklahoma.
Formerly the Seattle SuperSonics, the team relocated in 2008 after a dispute between owner Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle, Washington. The SuperSonics qualified for the NBA Playoffs 22 times, won their division six times and won the 1979 NBA Championship. In Oklahoma City, the Thunder qualified for their first playoff berth during the 2009–10 season. They followed this success by winning their first division title as the Thunder in the 2010–11 season and their first Western Conference championship as the Thunder in the 2011–12 season, appearing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 1996, when the club was based in Seattle.
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... was the 11th pick, selected by the New Orleans Hornets, who traded his rights on draft day to the Oklahoma City Thunder ... On August 6, 2010, Aldrich signed a two-year contract with the Thunder with a two-year option ... On November 24, 2010, the Thunder assigned Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League ...
... On July 3, 2008 the city of Seattle settled with the owners of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics franchise, allowing them to move the team to Oklahoma City for the 2008–2009 season ... The relocated team was named the Oklahoma City Thunder on September 3, 2008 ... The move gave the city its second 'permanent' major professional sports team after the AFL Oklahoma Wranglers ...
... Harden was drafted 3rd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder ... This made him the first player to be drafted by the franchise as the Oklahoma City Thunder ... The Thunder reached the NBA Finals, but lost to the Miami Heat ...
... For their first two seasons, the Thunder's TV broadcasts were split between Fox Sports Oklahoma (a regional fork of FS Southwest), which broadcast most of the games, and independent ... During the 2009–2010 season, KSBI telecast all Thunder games it aired in high definition (KSBI had previously aired in HD the first regular-season game played at the Ford ... On August 3, 2010, the Thunder signed a new exclusive multi-year agreement with Fox Sports Oklahoma, beginning with the 2010–11 season, ending the team's broadcasts on KSBI ...
... The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional American basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ... Seattle SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008 until relocated to Oklahoma City ... The Thunder is owned by Professional Basketball Club LLC and coached by Scott Brooks, with Sam Presti as its General Manager ...
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