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We are ready to unveil a new Top 50, and again it comes from the hardwood.  It is the Top 50 of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Originally, the Seattle SuperSonics, the franchise would win the NBA Championship in 1979, the year after they went to their first NBA Finals.  The Sonics would again go to the Finals in 1996, though would lose to the juggernaut that was the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls.

As much as the Seattle fans supported their team, a new ownership group from Oklahoma City purchased the team and brought the franchise to the state of Oklahoma, the first major franchise to arrive there. 

Now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder, “OKC” would go to the Finals, though they would fall short against the Miami Heat.

As the city of Seattle owns the rights to the Sonics name, a new team in the Emerald City would revert the history of this team in Seattle away from the Thunder, however as it stands now, this list begins from 1967, when Seattle first gained a team.

The entire list can be found here but for those who want a sneak peak, the top five are:

1. Gary Payton
2. Kevin Durant
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Jack Sikma
5. Shawn Kemp

This list takes into account traditional statistics, advanced metrics and playoff performance.

It is up to the end of the 2015-16 Season.

Up next will be another NBA team, with the Atlanta Hawks.



6. Jack Sikma

Jack Sikma came from small Illinois Wesleyan but the Seattle Supersonics saw enough potential to draft him number 8 overall in 1977. He did not disappoint.  Sikma quickly became a starter and was a vital cog in the Sonics run to back to back finals in the late 70's.  They won it all in 79 and Sikma became hugely popular in the Emerald City.  With his ability to take defenders outside and torch them with a great long range jumper plus his workmanlike inside game, Sikma was part of a new wave of inside-outside big men who took over the league.  To show how good of a shooter Sikma was, he holds the distinction of being the only center to lead the league in free throw shooting at 92.2 in 87-88 and shot 84 percent for his career form the charity stripe.  A 7 time All-Star combined with career numbers of 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds should get Sikma into the hall of fame; soon.

9. Shawn Kemp

Shawn Kemp was one of the most popular and productive players of the 90’s.  He came straight out of high school with the body of a Greek God, and was considered one of the best pure athletes in the NBA.  At first, he was a highlight film dunker but he soon became a key part of some very good Seattle teams, with a complete all around game. 15,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and six All-Star trips are nothing to sneeze at and though his legacy has been a bit tarnished of late, Shawn Kemp was a true superstar in his day.

18. Paul Westphal

A first round pick out of USC, Paul Westphal split his career primarily between the Celtics and the Suns.  He won a championship while with the Celtics but was traded to the Suns where he played in what many consider the greatest game ever against his old teammates where Westphal made some huge plays in the triple overtime classic.  Always a dependable scorer, Westphal made First Team All NBA three times during the late 70s when he was one of the leagues star players.  If Westphal's coaching career was added to his playing career he would be much higher on this list but as it is, he may not have enough career statistics to get over the hump.

26. Gus Williams

Gus Williams had a very solid career in the NBA highlighted by being a member of back to back NBA finalists in Seattle. “The Wizard” as he was known, teamed with Hall of famer Dennis Johnson in the Sonic backcourt.  Williams was not just a key member of the team that won a title in ‘79, he was the catalyst.  He averaged 28.6 points a game in the final to lead Seattle to an upset over the Washington Bullets. 

33. Detlef Schrempf

Detlef Schrempf was the complete package.  He could score, pass, rebound, run the court and really shoot.  His ability to do everything made him the perfect sixth man; and he had that really cool German name.  People tend to forget that he (not Dirk Nowitzki) was the first European star to hit the NBA.  That has got to count for something!  He had a very solid career, but not spectacular and never playing on a winner; though he did come close with Seattle, hurts his overall Hall chances.

36. Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers perfectly defined the new role of the big man.  At six foot eleven he could run like a shooting guard and could finish anything.  His jump shot was unblockable due to his size and though he never was a great post player, he did not shy away from contact. Chambers scored over 20,000 career points and made 4 All-Star games. He was not on winning teams but Chambers was a great offensive player and players today such as Dirk Nowitzki owe their careers to his influence in changing the way the game thought of big men.

97. Fred Brown

“Downtown” Fred Brown really was the epitome of instant offense off the bench.  A true legend in Seattle, Brown played his entire career scoring almost 15,000 points mostly with long range bombs hence the aforementioned nickname.  Captain of the 79 team that won the title, Brown led the league in three point shooting percentage in 1980, the first year of the new rule.  Unfortunately, this rule was way into his career because Freddy used to launch the rock from anywhere.  If the three point line were in effect during Downtown’s career he may have led the league in scoring a few years; he was that good from long distance.

102. Dale Ellis

Dale Ellis was a great shooter, although we don’t think the Basketball Hall of Fame likes shooters.  His 19,000 career points and sixth position all time in three pointers easily gets him on this list.  Quite simply, he was a great shooter at Tennessee, he was a great shooter in Milwaukee and he was a great shooter in Seattle.  Oh and did we mention that he played forever?

107. Xavier McDaniel

The X-Man was the first player in NCAA history to lead the country in both scoring and rebounding; McDaniel was a stud at Wichita State.  His pro career was solid as a forward who used his emotions to his advantage and was as tough as he looked.  A legend in Seattle especially after his wonderful cameo in the Grunge movie Singles where during a fantasy sequence, one of the male leads (played by Campbell Scott) fantasized about a locker room interview with McDaniel so that he won’t prematurely ejaculate with the lovely Kyra Sedgwick.   McDaniel stops in mid sentence and renders the now infamous line “Steve, Don’t Cum Yet”.  That scene alone is enough to get him on this list.