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

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    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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    Published on 12 days ago

    Comments

    1. Michael Geans

      They didn't even talk about Ibaka getting a ring on TOR.

    2. Space Pirate 33

      14:46 Paul George was there to stay. Committed to the Thunders for four years...

    3. wilderac

      You also forgot in 2019, serge ibaka would become an nba champion as he prevent the warriors an injured Kevin Durant from getting their third straight title

    4. HERO SLAYER

      Sorry to all westbrook funs but this guy said loyalty matters and then requested a trade after two seasons

    5. tool 502

      Collapse of buffalo bills

    6. DoesNotExist305

      Do an episode about the 80s Miami Dolphins after Marino’s unbelievable 1984 season.

    7. Gil Berto

      Big ego vs. Bigger ego vs. Biggest ego = no ring/s

    8. Oliver Smith

      See what would of happened if Russ didn’t get hurt in 2013 that was our year

    9. Jake FromStateFarm

      do the pats

    10. Jeremy Salazar

      Thunder and my spurs had some good battles 🔥

    11. trev whit

      Dame ⌚ 🌹 🏀 🔥

    12. Eric Rosengren

      This is so misleading, the simple reason this team never won is because of the greatness of LeBron, the same reason a 73 win team (GSW) that was 1 game away from back to back titles added KD to the roster to make a super team. LeBron was just too good, his big3 in Miami And how he put Cleveland on his back You can hate it all you want, but the fact is LeBron is the reason this team failed. He’s the reason a lot of “dynasty’s” failed, he’s the best player since MJ and on that level or higher, almost every move made by teams since 2010 was to find a way to beat LeBron. It’s really that simple, and this is coming from someone who isn’t really a fan of LeBron. I just respect the talent

    13. Seal of Belial

      Ive been waiting for jim harbaugh and the 49ers collapse for a while now

    14. VT 24

      Simple, a cheapskate owner

    15. Yeeter21

      "Yoo-ston"

    16. Chidozie Osuji

      Glad they can't rip on minnesota sports

    17. Karan Randhawa

      Harden won his with the rockets many years after leaving the thunder. Westbrook was never an MVP when he played alongside Durant after Harden left, so they only had one MVP at the time. The thunder failed with KD and Westbrook, with KD being an MVP at the time. They never failed with a young Durant, Harden and Westbrook, they were obviously too young and inexperienced to be able to beat the heat. I don't get why people keep saying the thunder lost with 3 MVP's on their team, no they lost with 3 future superstars who all went on to become MVP's; Durant won his MVP in the year Westbrook was injured, Russ won his after he was the last man standing at OKC and Harden won his with the Rockets. So no, they did not fail after 'drafting 3 MVP's in a row' as NONE of them were MVP's at the time.

      1. Max B

        Karan Randhawa good effort gtb

    18. Man In The Suit

      Russ never get pass fırst round w/o Kd tell u what u need to know

    19. FSE

      Please do one on the 49ers! 3 straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance, then another 3 years are back in the stellar.

      1. Jose Alvarado

        49ers built a great defense and great running game with Frank Gore. Kaepernick came along who threw with accuracy and ran like a cheetah, it was unfair. That defense fell apart. They started losing players left and right to suspensions and retirement. That started the demise of the teams. Frank Gore got old and Kaepernick showed he was unable to carry the teams by himself. Too bad about Kaepernick, if he was surrounded with a good running game and receivers, he would be a heck of a lot better than the likes of Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Eli Manning, and Sam Darnold.

    20. asu85255

      When they drafted Steven Adams ... a guy named Giannis Antetokounmpo was still available. How crazy would that have been if they had drafted not 3 but FOUR MVPs?

    21. Kyle Morningstar

      They went to the finals with who? KD But Lebron super team beat them so it's ok

    22. DA TRUTH

      R.I.P Thunder. Was fun while it lasted.

    23. Claudia K

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    24. LoveSalsa

      Westbrick and Harden should not have been MVPs in the first place. Who would now pick Westbrook over Curry or PG? or harden over KD or AD?

    25. Красный Кайзер

      Man the 2013-2014 first round of playoffs were so good. Not just the Thunder-Grizzlies series but 2 others also went to game sevens on the same day, if memory serves

    26. Cheong PH

      Who else watching in 2010?

    27. FootballJunkie

      I usually like watching this series, but in this instance, I just don’t care about the OKC Thunder losing.

    28. terence w

      16:11 must have eyewear at the MVP ceremony

    29. weakestlink20

      That was a pretty underserving boot for that poor head coach. What can he do about Durant being gone most of the season and Westbrook missing time too? He had to try and make do with mere scraps.

    30. Wey Cool

      There was only "one basketball", so WestBrook, KD and Harden wouldn't work on the same team.

    31. Garbage Time Videos

      In the Thunder’s first season in OKC, there record through the first 30 games was 3-27

    32. Axis Orbital

      anyone know the background music from the beginning of the video?

    33. Trey Nixen

      2013 Thunder were scary

    34. Trey Nixen

      2k time

    35. Trey Nixen

      wow

    36. hawkeye 2124

      Sam Presti built a great contender and tore it down at the same time. As a Knicks fan i feel envious.

    37. Felix

      God this would be so depressing.....if i weren't a bitter former sonics fan who now roots for the Blazers.

    38. lawdog81

      Serge Ibaka is still under 24

    39. Matthew Thomas

      this is going to be a great 30 for 30

    40. Isaiah Magar

      If anyone knows how injuries can effect a team, it should be Thunder fans. That's kinda sad tbh. i'm not a huge fan of dynasties, but that team deserved a championship after all they went through.

    41. Kawhi Dynasty ender leonard

      Thunder cursed thanks to that sonics fan 😇

    42. thejohhny69

      if the thunders wanted to be in a title run again they should hired jerry west because jerry west is the greatest general manager that you could have

    43. Brian Rawlings

      As a thunder fan I’m crying rn

    44. lebron23freak1

      The answer to why = LeBron James

    45. jreynoldslb86

      Still waiting on the Heat collapsed of the big 3

    46. rockdagreat44

      Because NBA is rigged

    47. Chang Lee

      :(

    48. kevin goodmiller

      They blew it. It's over now. They'll only be back in reruns.

      1. Playa K

        we gonna be back. remember the names shai-gilgeous alexander and darius bazley !!

    49. Hugo Valenzuela

      Can u do my celtics with kyrie and hayward and all the depth 😢

    50. Javier Arroyo

      Don't see how its a collapse!!!

    51. Sam Chohan

      the golden state before golden state that never stuck together

    52. Narungchai Jackson

      grantland.com/features/the-harden-disaster/ They messed up

    53. Ed Blair

      Who saw Aaron Hernandez??

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    55. Jabari Harris

      i can never respect patrick beverly

    56. gme213la

      answer simple westbrook and hardin not winners

    57. Justin Quezada

      As an OKC fan, you're making me cry man.

    58. Wa2r_Flow

      Great job.

    59. Samuel Mensah

      Durant has been good for so long, people forget

    60. V

      Ibaka under 24 in 2012 🥴

    61. DavidTWGoliath

      I HATE THIS VIDEO AS A THUNDER FAN. It took me a week to work up the courage to finally watch it. 😕

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    63. EconAtheist

      The entire state of Oklahoma deserves nothing. /we all feel terrible for you, because of the federal building bombing. you didn't deserve that. //doesn't mean you deserve anything nice though.

    64. James Allen jr.

      I screamed, "They just gave away the NBA Championship!!!" when they traded away Harden rather than pay and keep him. They were just short of winning the first year there (that's always what happens; first year is practice, second is golden)... Next year was their year!!!! I swear they would have won it all for years!!

    65. steve ghemning

      SB nation can you guys please pls pls do a collapse episode on The redskins, after failing to win superbowls, would love it thanks!

    66. Justin .Credible

      ☹️

    67. amazingsupergonzo

      Collapse of Miami would be a really good one to do next

    68. Aaron Prince

      Do the Utah Jazz when they had Carlos Boozer and Derron Williams

    69. Adolf Hitler

      Damn this shits depressing how it all went down and what could of been 😂😭

    70. Liam Deschamps

      You forgot to mention that Ibaka won a championship