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

  • Published: 10 August 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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Comments • 2 749

  • Valin
    Valin  15 hours back

    Lesson is Cheap Owners kill franchises

    • daniel kus
      daniel kus  2 days back

      12:23 what does that mean

      • Spectrum
        Spectrum  2 days back

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

        • Josh Gen
          Josh Gen  3 days back

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

          • Anton Smith
            Anton Smith  3 days back

            Cursed for snaking Seattle. Karma.

            • Excelling DEICIDE
              Excelling DEICIDE  3 days back

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

              • HighburyAFCSoul
                HighburyAFCSoul  5 days back

                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  5 days back

                  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  5 days back

                    Sad part is Westbrook and Harden will never win won

                    • Horatio Hornblower
                      Horatio Hornblower  6 days back

                      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  6 days back

                        Honestly the thunder deserves a championship they choke to much

                        • Shawn 186
                          Shawn 186  6 days back

                          At least they still have Aquaman.. lol

                          • Panzerkampfwagen 1
                            Panzerkampfwagen 1  7 days back

                            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  1 weeks back

                              russell westbrick

                              • poopy poopsys
                                poopy poopsys  1 weeks back


                                • Clint Zuleger
                                  Clint Zuleger  1 weeks back

                                  At 5:35. The future Aquaman.

                                  • Nikola Prahov
                                    Nikola Prahov  1 weeks back

                                    so sad

                                    • Alex Y
                                      Alex Y  2 weeks back

                                      You guys should do a video on the 1998 Minnesota Vikings

                                      • craig johnson
                                        craig johnson  2 weeks back

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

                                        • glorious leader
                                          glorious leader  2 weeks back

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

                                          • pellman87
                                            pellman87  2 weeks back

                                            Why the cringy music? Jeez

                                            • Jaydyn C
                                              Jaydyn C  2 weeks back

                                              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  2 weeks back

                                                A parade of high level players

                                                All gone and no rings for OKC

                                                • David Pimentel
                                                  David Pimentel  2 weeks back

                                                  move back to seattle

                                                  • Curtis Harvey
                                                    Curtis Harvey  2 weeks back

                                                    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  2 weeks back

                                                      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  2 weeks back

                                                        @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  2 weeks back

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

                                                    • Ben Wellman
                                                      Ben Wellman  2 weeks back

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

                                                      • Creepy Cheese.
                                                        Creepy Cheese.  2 weeks back

                                                        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  2 weeks back

                                                          3 nba stars lose to lebron🔥🔥

                                                          • Curt
                                                            Curt  2 weeks back

                                                            If only OKC had Aquaman at that time...

                                                            • Elreezy
                                                              Elreezy  3 weeks back

                                                              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  3 weeks back

                                                                Pat fn Beverly

                                                                • t w
                                                                  t w  3 weeks back

                                                                  They deserve it. Trash organization.

                                                                  • rico pesos
                                                                    rico pesos  3 weeks back

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

                                                                    • 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  3 weeks back

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

                                                                        • Philipe Yan
                                                                          Philipe Yan  3 weeks back

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

                                                                          • Vincent Chen
                                                                            Vincent Chen  4 weeks back

                                                                            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  4 weeks back

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

                                                                              • Daniel Cruz
                                                                                Daniel Cruz  4 weeks back


                                                                                • imapiuuump
                                                                                  imapiuuump  4 weeks back

                                                                                  But the Heat had other plans for them 😂😂

                                                                                  • Keimahnee Brown
                                                                                    Keimahnee Brown  4 weeks back

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

                                                                                    • geotechms
                                                                                      geotechms  4 weeks back

                                                                                      This was extremely well written, thanks for the video

                                                                                      • Chet Patel
                                                                                        Chet Patel  4 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Brandon The Drum Daddy
                                                                                          Brandon The Drum Daddy  4 weeks back

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

                                                                                          • Alexander Chrystall
                                                                                            Alexander Chrystall  4 weeks back

                                                                                            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  4 weeks back

                                                                                              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  4 weeks back

                                                                                                They should make an OKC movie and call it Sonics