Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan believes his side will improve over the course of the NBA season.
The Thunder reached the playoffs last term and they were many peoples’ tip to challenge for the highly-competitive Western Conference title this season, particularly following the arrivals of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
George and Anthony were expected to bolster an already impressive offensive line that contained last season’s MVP Russell Westbrook, however, things have not gone so smoothly for the Thunder, as they currently hold a 12-14 record for the season that leaves them outside the playoff positions.
Despite their early-season struggles, Donovan remains optimistic his team can improve over the coming months, as his new-look roster continues to grow an understanding both on and off the court.
“I think sometimes people look at players, or look at a team, and they kind of say what they’re forecasting for it not even knowing all the dynamics it takes to even be a good team,” Donovan told ESPN.
“I think when you’ve got half the roster that’s different, these guys have done a really good job sacrificing, they’ve done a really good job building relationships and communicating, they’ve done a really good job working, and they’re trying to get to know each other on the court.”
Oklahoma last claimed the Western Conference title in 2012 and they are priced at 13.00 to repeat that feat this term, while they are available at 19.00 to go all the way and claim NBA Championship glory come the end of the campaign.