Webber: Thunder Not in Title Conversation
[Chris] Webber said while he believes [Russell] Westbrook will come back strongly, he doesn’t consider Oklahoma City ready to compete for the NBA title.
“I never viewed them as the favorite last year, even with him,” said Webber. “I think this is a different league and each team is going to have to reevaluate, not live off the past. This is a much different league than it was last year, so I think they need to worry about the other great teams in the Western Conference. It’s a year later but [James] Harden was in the discussion a year ago and they are not better without Harden. Losing Kevin Martin as well, they have to find a new identity.”