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Oklahoma City Thunder

Updated on August 20, 2014

The NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder were formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Thunder will play home games at Oklahoma City's Ford Center.

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Team Establishment

The Thunder were born in 2008 from a dispute between owner Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle, Washington. The team moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle immediately after reaching a settlement that required Bennett to pay $45 million to prematurely end the SuperSonics' lease with Seattle's Key Arena, which was to expire in 2010. The team agreed to release the Sonics' name, logo, and colors to a possible future NBA club in Seattle, but retained rights to its franchise history. The awards, records and accomplishments of the pre-2008 Sonics will be "shared" between Oklahoma City and any future club located in the Seattle area. A few months earlier, the NBA board of owners approved the move. Oklahoma City hosted the New Orleans Hornets for two seasons, due to Hurricane Katrina's devastation along the Gulf Coast in August 2005. The Thunder are the only men's major professional sports organization based in the state of Oklahoma.

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The Thunder's best player, Kevin Durant, was the first ever freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year (2006).

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The Team plays it's home games in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, which opened in 2002.

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