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The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with their home arena at Oklahoma City's Ford Center. The Thunder's NBA Development League affiliate is the Tulsa 66ers, which it also owns.

Formerly the Seattle SuperSonics, the Thunder was established in 2007 after a dispute between owner Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle, Washington. As the Seattle SuperSonics, the club qualified for the NBA Playoffs 22 times, won its division six times and won the 1979 NBA Championship against the Washington Bullets.

In the franchise's first season in Oklahoma, the Thunder went 23–59 (.280), finishing 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league overall. The current coach is Scott Brooks, who took over for the fired P.J. Carlesimo in November 2008.

The Thunder's previous incarnation, the Seattle SuperSonics, was formed in 1967 and appeared in two consecutive Finals against the Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards), losing in seven games in 1978 and winning in five in 1979. Seattle's victory remains the only modern era championship in major Seattle sports history. That team included renowned players such as Spencer Haywood, Fred Brown, Jack Sikma and Finals MVP Dennis Johnson and was coached by Lenny Wilkens, who holds several historical NBA coaching records. During the course of the next decade, Seattle had moderate success until it drafted the duo of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton in 1989 and 1990 respectively. Alongside Nate McMillan, coach George Karl and other notable players, the Sonics rose up among the rank of title contenders in the early 1990s. The team qualified for the playoffs every year between 1991 and 1998.

In the 1995–96 NBA season, the Sonics established the franchise mark for most wins, 64–18 (.720) and earned their third NBA Finals berth. Seattle met the record-setting 72–10 Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals and lost in six games. The Sonics' fortunes slowly spiraled after that season, with most of the core retiring or departing from Seattle. The next decade would not fare better as the franchise, aside from a surprising 2004–05 NBA season in which the Sonics won 52 games, disappointed with playoff futility. The Sonics drafted cornerstones Kevin Durant and Jeff Green in the 2007 NBA Draft. Despite their talent, the club endured the worst season in franchise history in the 2007–08 NBA season, losing a team-record 62 games.

In 41 years that the SuperSonics spent in Seattle, they compiled a 1,745–1,585 (.524) win–loss record in the regular season and 109–109 (.500) in the playoffs. The franchise's titles include three Western Conference championships and one NBA title.

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