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

  • 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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  • Reynald Relato
    Reynald Relato Day ago

    That goes to show, that:
    A team with 3 supertars WHO ARE ALL DEMANDING FOR THE BALL cannot win championships.
    Fast forward to 2019:
    The Houston rockers sign Russell Westbrook and traded away Chris Paul
    Can Westbrook play with Harden or will these 2 ballhogs collapse the Rockets' franchise?🧐

  • shecaniah alejo
    shecaniah alejo 2 days ago

    They had the ingredients but just couldn't make the recipe

  • anonymous one
    anonymous one 3 days ago +1

    Your assessment of why Presti let Harden go is flawed. OKC was already and has been in the luxury tax. Signing Harden would've pushed them deep enough to pay even heftier percentages, thats true, but every team knew a new cba was coming up and that means more money. I clean carpets for a living and I knew that. Other teams were making signings that were not economically viable. I believe Presti believed doing his job was easy and didn't take into account that millionaires don't want to be stuck in Oklahoma. He thought he could out smart losing Harden with analytics and another high draft pick. Adams is decent, but refuses to dunk and misses alot of shots 3 inches out. Martin could never match any facet of Hardens game. Presti gambled and failed. You fail to mention that OKC picked up a hefty contract from Martin as well.

  • BlueHundred
    BlueHundred 4 days ago

    Not being filthy rich and being a bit unlucky with injuries.

  • Jr Flores
    Jr Flores 4 days ago

    One reason: Russell WestBRlCK

  • Josh Fayemi
    Josh Fayemi 4 days ago

    Euston rockets.

  • May I take your hat sir

    Imagine if Ibaka somehow wins MVP one day

  • Jack McCarthy
    Jack McCarthy 5 days ago

    Please do Steelers Collapse

  • Judy Chen
    Judy Chen 5 days ago +1


  • Chard D
    Chard D 6 days ago

    Please do the Dallas Mavericks with Dirk’s start with the franchise until retirement 🙏🏼

  • Randy Talltree
    Randy Talltree 6 days ago

    If it didn't work for CP3 in HOU, I don't know how it's gonna work for Westbrook.

  • peter bravestrong
    peter bravestrong 6 days ago

    Can you do a video on boston Celtics... Collapse... With the young core.. And kyrie... They were better without him.. Why is gordon hayward on a max deal... Crazy

  • RaurMan
    RaurMan 6 days ago

    They are cursed by the Seattle Supersonics. OKC didn't earn anything and they deserve nothing.

  • Rifqi Rahadhin
    Rifqi Rahadhin 6 days ago

    12:01 "Durant Sweeptakes will be competitive"

  • Valin
    Valin 7 days ago

    Thunder cheaped out, the morale of the story :)

  • Kite Kiter
    Kite Kiter 7 days ago

    Good question for David Stern and Adam Silver? The answer is their kids and grand kids had to have extravagant barmitzvahs. Next question.

  • Art of street work out

    Even if somehow OKC get Lebron, OKC will never win NBA Championship. Because the curse of Seatle can not be broken

  • Matthew Minnifield
    Matthew Minnifield 9 days ago

    Should have paid james Harden and ask serge to take a pay cut

  • Darren Hoefler
    Darren Hoefler 9 days ago

    Oh my god at 31 seconds

  • Massive Conn
    Massive Conn 9 days ago +1

    Miss those days man!! OKC crowd was crazy

  • fifth race
    fifth race 9 days ago

    this channel always talk about the downfall of someone or something. its always negative...

  • Luke Doyle
    Luke Doyle 10 days ago

    They were all ball dominant and not in their prime

  • ShreddingSkeptic
    ShreddingSkeptic 10 days ago

    To put things in perspective.
    What’s happened to OKC, would be as if Golden State with their lineup never won any rings.

  • Javian Johnson
    Javian Johnson 10 days ago +1

    The best What-If story in NBA history

  • Robbie Lit
    Robbie Lit 10 days ago

    Maybe if they stayed in Seattle for the coffee they would have won 😂

  • Tardysauce 14
    Tardysauce 14 10 days ago

    This was put together very well, I felt like I was watching one of those documentaries on the discovery channel. But yes this is crazy to thing they had 3 Future MVPS on the same time that got drafted 3 straight. RIP OKC/Seattle this will hurt for the next 5 to 10 years if they don't win a title!

  • Jake Hernandez
    Jake Hernandez 10 days ago

    Begone Zombie Sonics

  • Sakata Gintoki
    Sakata Gintoki 11 days ago

    in the last decade the clippers and thunder shouldve won a championship especially with the team they had :/

  • Sheldon Lee
    Sheldon Lee 11 days ago

    We blew it hard and KD blew it even harder he could’ve stayed with us and we could’ve beat the warriors, That being said I spent a long time sick at my stomach at Kevin leaving but ultimately he gave us a long time and I just have to believe he had to due what he thought was best for himself. Still joining the team that beat you just to win championships that’s hard to look past

  • Emjay Lapus
    Emjay Lapus 12 days ago

    How about an 01-02 Sacramento Kings episode?

  • Chekymonkey
    Chekymonkey 12 days ago

    Forgot to mention that ibaka won a championship with the Raptors

  • killjoy cola
    killjoy cola 12 days ago

    And now they are the worst team in the NBA

  • Alex Charles
    Alex Charles 12 days ago

    Man they really screwed up. They probably would’ve won a chip had they prioritized Harden over Ibaka

  • WhyNotMini
    WhyNotMini 13 days ago +1

    Pat bev held the ball, lillard drilled it through the uprights

  • Steven Gordon
    Steven Gordon 13 days ago +1

    Uninspired coaching by Scott Brooks and then Billy Donovan. Some kind of consistent offensive system was needed instead of hero ball.

  • ltsrrpp
    ltsrrpp 13 days ago

    Lebron James.

  • B.H.R Ent.
    B.H.R Ent. 13 days ago

    As an okc fan this hurts 💔

  • dnasty312
    dnasty312 13 days ago

    Maybe this is karma for leaving Seattle #lyingowner #retribution

  • athletic donut
    athletic donut 13 days ago

    I think this is the biggest "what could've been" in the basketball world

  • Koh Smoger
    Koh Smoger 14 days ago +1

    Okc thunder deserve this for ripping out the hearts of Sonics fans. I’m not even a fan of the sonics or thunder but I feel this. It’s the same rage I feel now that my raiders are moving to Vegas

  • Tyler Johnson
    Tyler Johnson 14 days ago

    This will one of those 30 for 30 episodes

  • Baller Life Productions

    Almost cried 😢

  • Fail Zero
    Fail Zero 15 days ago

    Sam Presti is a bum.

  • Adam Jauregui
    Adam Jauregui 15 days ago

    Instead of KD giving the Warriors the conference finals he could’ve won the series and went to the finals to try to win his first ring and then went to the Warriors just a thought 🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Dedicated_Wavers
    Dedicated_Wavers 15 days ago

    This gotta be depressing asl for a ok fan😂🤣

  • Theoryofpainan
    Theoryofpainan 15 days ago +2

    The Utah Jazz didn’t get mentioned beating the thunder in the 2018 playoffs smh

  • LaVerite124
    LaVerite124 15 days ago +1

    But everybody blames KD

  • da da
    da da 15 days ago

    They had. : Westbrook, Durant, Harden, Oladipo, Ibaka, Adam's. GM= underrated

    • da da
      da da 14 days ago

      @Koh Smoger never. Russel, Harden, Durant are guys who come into the league every 10 yrs

    • Koh Smoger
      Koh Smoger 14 days ago

      He either traded or let all of those players go. I don’t care how great the future of OKC is they will never have three guys with the talent to be mvp with a defensive player of the year candidate on their team again.

  • da da
    da da 15 days ago +1

    4 hall of famers and no chip blame the coach

  • yeahthatsright33
    yeahthatsright33 16 days ago

    If only they resigned Harden. Oh well...

  • Sean K
    Sean K 16 days ago

    Steven Adams really about to make this video outdated when he drops 40 and 20 night in and night out

  • tim w
    tim w 17 days ago +1

    yes the thunder drafted these three players but if you actually know basketball, you would realize they would not work well together. all three need to dominate the ball. this is why durant left in the first place. harden and westbrook might work in houston because their coach stressess isolation but iso system doesn't win anything.

  • Ju-1-2-3
    Ju-1-2-3 17 days ago

    How about a boxing episode?
    Antonio Margarito's collapse

  • Ethan Albert
    Ethan Albert 17 days ago +2

    15:26 god said he bout to end this man's whole career

  • Rylan Charron
    Rylan Charron 17 days ago +1


    LONGLIVEJAH 17 days ago

    RIP OKC 🙏🏾

  • Adam Rasmussen
    Adam Rasmussen 17 days ago +2

    This host is definitely a New Yorker.

    "Traded to the YUston Rockets"

  • Chris Checketts
    Chris Checketts 17 days ago

    It's weird how everyone sensed this fate the moment they traded Harden. Everyone except Sam Presti, the guy that made all the perfect moves setting up the team. Shakespeare couldn't have written this level of irony.

  • Chris Checketts
    Chris Checketts 17 days ago

    Amidst all the things that have been going on in the NBA, this is a pretty dramatic story. It would make an interesting movie.

  • Vincent Hou
    Vincent Hou 18 days ago +1

    Poor Serge. He shouldn't have returned to the series with injuries not recovered. He should have a better career if he didn't do that.