2009–10 Oklahoma City Thunder season

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2009–10 Oklahoma City Thunder season
James Harden's rookie season
Head coach Scott Brooks
General manager Sam Presti
Owner(s) Professional Basketball Club LLC
Clay Bennett (Chairman)
Arena Ford Center
Results
Record 50–32 (.610)
Place Division: 4th (Northwest)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish First Round
(Eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Oklahoma, KSBI
Radio WWLS-AM and FM
< 2008–09 2010–11 >

The 2009–10 Oklahoma City Thunder season was the 2nd season of the franchise's existence in Oklahoma City as a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

With NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, second-year point guard Russell Westbrook, and forward Jeff Green leading the way, the Thunder made the playoffs as the youngest team in the NBA with the 28th highest total salary in the league.[1] The team became the youngest NBA playoff team (23.19, using data going back to 1952) based on average age weighted by minutes played.[2] The Thunder were then eliminated by the eventual champions, the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

From a business perspective, the team began to show positive financial performance after years of losses in Seattle and a transition-cost laden 2008–09 season. In December 2009, Forbes magazine estimated the team's operating profit at $12.7 million, and estimated the overall franchise value at $310 million, good for 20th in the NBA.[3]

Key dates[edit]

  • June 25, 2009: The 2009 NBA draft took place in New York City.
  • July 8, 2009: The free agency period started.
  • October 28, 2009: The Thunder play their first regular-season game, and achieve their first regular-season victory, in a 102-89 home win over the Sacramento Kings.
  • January 2, 2010 Kevin Durant scored more than 30 points in his seventh consecutive game, breaking the franchise record set by Spencer Haywood in January 1972.[4][5]
  • January 20, 2010: The Thunder surpass their win total from 2008–09 with their 24th season victory, a 94-92 win at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • February 24, 2010: Kevin Durant's 21 points in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs ends his streak of 29 consecutive games with 25 or more points.[6]
  • March 2, 2010: The Thunder surpass the 500,000 season home attendance figure in a 113-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the Ford Center.
  • March 12, 2010: Durant had his 36th game with 30 or more points this season, breaking the franchise record set by Spencer Haywood in the 1972–73 season.[7] Durant ended the regular season with 41 games of 30 points or more.[8]
  • April 3, 2010: The Thunder clinch a playoff spot for the first time in city franchise history with a 121-116 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.[9]
  • April 14, 2010: Durant becomes the youngest scoring leader at the age of 21, taking the distinctinon from Max Zaslofsky (1947–48 BAA scoring leader at the age of 22).[10] The Thunder also end the season on a positive note, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 114-105 – their 27th season home sellout, bringing total home attendance to 738,149 (an average of 18,003 per game, 12th in the NBA).[11]
  • April 22, 2010: The Thunder win their first-ever Oklahoma City franchise playoff game with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Ford Center.[12]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2009 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 3 James Harden SG  United States Arizona State
1 24 Byron Mullens from Dallas[13] C  United States Ohio State
1 25 Rodrigue Beaubois to Dallas[13] PG  France Cholet (France)
2 54 Robert Vaden from Charlotte[13][14] SG  United States UAB

Roster[edit]

Oklahoma City Thunder roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 4 Collison, Nick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1980–10–26 Kansas
F 35 Durant, Kevin (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1988–09–27 Texas
F 22 Green, Jeff 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1986–08–28 Georgetown
G 13 Harden, James 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–08–26 Arizona State
F 9 Ibaka, Serge 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–18 Republic of the Congo
C 12 Krstić, Nenad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1983–07–25 Serbia
G 6 Maynor, Eric 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1987–06–11 Virginia Commonwealth
F/C 23 Mullens, Byron 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1989–02–14 Ohio State
G 7 Ollie, Kevin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1972–12–27 Connecticut
G/F 2 Sefolosha, Thabo 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1984–05–02 Switzerland
G Shakur, Mustafa 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1984–08–18 Arizona
F/C 36 Thomas, Etan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1978–04–01 Syracuse
G 5 Weaver, Kyle (IN) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1986–02–18 Washington State
G 0 Westbrook, Russell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1988–11–12 UCLA
F 3 White, D. J. (IN) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1986–08–31 Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth Chart[edit]

As of end of season:[15]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Nenad Krstić Nick Collison Etan Thomas
PF Jeff Green Serge Ibaka Byron Mullens DJ White
SF Kevin Durant Antonio Anderson
Ryan Bowen
SG Thabo Sefolosha James Harden Kyle Weaver
PG Russell Westbrook Eric Maynor Kevin Ollie Shaun Livingston
Mike Wilks

Salaries[edit]

Player Salary
Etan Thomas $7,350,000
Earl Watson $6,600,000
Matt Harpring $6,500,000
Nick Collison $6,250,000
Nenad Krstić $5,400,000
Kevin Durant $4,796,880
James Harden $4,004,160
Russell Westbrook $3,755,640
Jeff Green $3,516,960
Thabo Sefolosha $2,759,627
Eric Maynor $1,318,920
Kevin Ollie $1,306,455
Byron Mullens $1,120,200
Serge Ibaka $1,120,200
DJ White $1,036,440
Kyle Weaver $870,968
Shaun Livingston $296,695
Ryan Bowen $209,592
Mike Wilks $175,908

Source: HoopsHype[16]

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2009 Pre-season Game Log: 2–5 (Home: 2–2 ; Road: 0–3)
# Date (Venue) Visitor Score Home OT Attendance Record Recap
1 October 7, 2009 (in Memphis, TN) Oklahoma City Thunder 91–99 Memphis Grizzlies 7,217 0–1
2 October 10, 2009 (in New Orleans, LA) Oklahoma City Thunder 79–88 New Orleans Hornets 11,568 0–2
3 October 12, 2009 (in Oklahoma City, OK) Phoenix Suns 105–110 Oklahoma City Thunder OT 15,223 1–2
4 October 14, 2009 (in Tulsa, OK) Miami Heat 91–96 Oklahoma City Thunder 10,427 2–2
5 October 19, 2009 (in Houston, TX) Oklahoma City Thunder 85–105 Houston Rockets 11,992 2–3
6 October 20, 2009 (in Austin, TX) San Antonio Spurs 119–102 Oklahoma City Thunder 10,290 2–4
7 October 22, 2009 (in Oklahoma City, OK) Sacramento Kings 104–89 Oklahoma City Thunder 16,014 2–5

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 53 29 .646 34–7 19–22 12–4
x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 32–9 21–20 8–8
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 3 26–15 24–17 8–8
x-Oklahoma City Thunder 50 32 .610 3 27–14 23–18 9–7
Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 38 10–31 5–36 3–13


Conference[edit]

# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-Dallas Mavericks 55 27 .671 2
3 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 3
4 y-Denver Nuggets 53 29 .646 4
5 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 4
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 7
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 50 32 .610 7
8 x-Oklahoma City Thunder 50 32 .610 7
9 Houston Rockets 42 40 .512 15
10 Memphis Grizzlies 40 42 .488 17
11 New Orleans Hornets 37 45 .451 20
12 Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 28
13 Golden State Warriors 26 56 .317 31
14 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 32
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 42


Game log[edit]

2009–10 game log
2009–10 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2010 playoff game log
2010 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Antonio Anderson 1 0 15.0 .333 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Ryan Bowen 1 0 8.0 1.000 .000 1.000 2.0 .0 1.0 .0 4.0
Nick Collison 75 5 20.8 .589 .250 .692 5.1 .5 .5 .6 5.9
Kevin Durant 82 82 39.5 .476 .365 .900 7.6 2.8 1.4 1.0 30.1
Jeff Green 82 82 37.1 .453 .333 .740 6.0 1.6 1.3 .9 15.1
James Harden 76 0 22.9 .403 .375 .808 3.2 1.8 1.0 .2 9.9
Serge Ibaka 73 0 18.1 .543 .500 .630 5.4 .1 .3 1.3 6.3
Nenad Krstić 76 76 22.9 .502 .200 .717 5.0 .7 .4 .6 8.4
Shaun Livingston 10 0 13.0 .313 .000 .000 2.0 1.4 .5 .2 1.0
Eric Maynor1 55 0 16.5 .434 .362 .692 1.7 3.4 .5 .2 4.5
Byron Mullens 13 0 4.2 .368 .000 .000 .8 .1 .2 .0 1.1
Kevin Ollie 25 0 10.5 .400 .000 1.000 1.0 .8 .4 .0 1.8
Thabo Sefolosha 82 82 28.6 .440 .313 .674 4.7 1.8 1.2 .6 6.0
Etan Thomas 23 1 14.0 .456 .000 .591 2.8 .0 .2 .7 3.3
Kyle Weaver 12 0 12.0 .364 .368 .833 1.5 .9 .5 .5 3.0
Russell Westbrook 82 82 34.3 .418 .221 .780 4.9 8.0 1.3 .4 16.1
D. J. White 12 0 8.5 .610 .000 .900 1.9 .3 .4 .2 4.9
Mike Wilks 4 0 14.8 .500 .667 .500 1.0 1.0 .0 .0 4.0

1Stats with the Thunder.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Nick Collison 6 0 21.5 .333 .000 .429 4.7 .3 .8 .2 3.2
Kevin Durant 6 6 38.5 .350 .286 .871 7.7 2.3 .5 1.3 25.0
Jeff Green 6 6 37.3 .329 .296 .850 4.7 1.7 .7 .5 11.8
James Harden 6 0 20.0 .387 .375 .842 2.5 1.8 1.0 .2 7.7
Serge Ibaka 6 0 25.5 .571 .000 .700 6.5 .3 .3 2.0 7.8
Nenad Krstić 6 6 21.5 .405 .000 .929 5.8 .7 .5 .7 7.2
Eric Maynor 6 0 12.7 .300 .167 .818 1.5 1.5 .2 .2 3.7
Byron Mullens 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .500 .0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Kevin Ollie 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Thabo Sefolosha 6 6 21.2 .296 .231 .889 3.0 1.2 .8 1.0 4.5
Etan Thomas 2 0 8.5 .833 .000 1.000 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0
Kyle Weaver 1 0 12.0 .250 .000 .000 2.0 2.0 .0 .0 2.0
Russell Westbrook 6 6 35.3 .473 .417 .842 6.0 6.0 1.7 .2 20.5
D. J. White 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0

Opponents[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

vs. Boston[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals 3–Point Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Points
Thunder 2 96 70 8 48 66 33 14 8 209
Celtics 2 96 83 12 31 72 54 19 6 196

vs. L.A. Lakers[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals 3–Point Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Points
Thunder 4 197 148 17 69 170 84 39 31 382
Lakers 4 197 143 16 86 171 70 37 30 388

Playoffs[edit]

2010 NBA Western Conference First Round vs. L.A. Lakers[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals 3–Point Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Points
Thunder 6 288 184 33 162 260 97 39 37 563
Lakers 6 288 216 45 96 260 125 37 37 573

Awards/Honors[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Monthly[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Season[edit]

References[edit]

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