20 Uniqe Dates in Oklahoma City Thunder History

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June 6, 1946: The National Basketball Association was founded at the Commodore Hotel in New York. Maurice Podoloff was the league's first president, a title later changed to commissioner.

December 20, 1966: Seattle was named the 11th franchise city in the NBA. Approximately one month later the team was named the SuperSonics, the result of a local contest won by Howard E. Schmidt.

October 13, 1967: The Seattle SuperSonics played their first NBA game.

October 21, 1967: The expansion Seattle SuperSonics won their first NBA game, defeating San Diego in overtime, 117-110.

October 18, 1969: NBA All-Star guard Lenny Wilkens made his NBA coaching debut for the Seattle SuperSonics

October 31, 1969: The Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Cincinnati Royals 129-121, giving Lenny Wilkens, the NBA's all-time winningest coach, his first coaching victory.

May 17, 1979: Jack Sikma of Seattle scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the SuperSonics to a 114-110 victory over Phoenix in

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Game 7 of their Western Conference Finals series, before a crowd of 37,552 at the Kingdome. The Sonics went on to win their only NBA Championship, defeating Washington in five games in the Finals.

 

June 1, 1979: The Seattle SuperSonics, who dropped the championship series opener, beat Washington 97-93 in Game 5 for their fourth consecutive Finals victory, capturing their only NBA Championship, as Gus Williams scored 23 points and Jack Sikma grabbed 17 rebounds.

May 7, 1994: In one of the biggest upsets in NBA Playoff history, the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets eliminated the top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics 98-94 in overtime in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series at the Seattle Coliseum. The Nuggets, who won the last three games of the series, became the first # 8 seed to upset a # 1 seed since the First Round of the NBA Playoffs went to a best-of-5 format in 1984. Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo fell to the floor after grabbing the final rebound, clutching the ball as tears of joy streamed down his face.

March 26, 1996: Seattle's Gary Payton become the ninth player in NBA history to record 2,000 career steals. Payton reached the mark in a triumph over the Jazz.

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June 2, 1996: Seattle, led by 26 points from Shawn Kemp and 21 from Gary Payton, defeats visiting Utah 90-86 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, earning the SuperSonics a trip to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1979.

December 1, 1996: Hersey Hawkins of the Seattle SuperSonics became part of basketball history when he scored the 7,000,000th point in NBA history

March 24, 1999: The Seattle SuperSonics retired the No. 10 jersey of Nate McMillan in ceremonies at KeyArena.

December 9, 2000: Gary Payton becomes the all-time leading scorer in Seattle SuperSonics history.

October 17, 2005: The NBA issues a Dress Code Memo/policy applicable to all NBA players.

July 18, 2006: Howard Schultz sells the Seattle SuperSonics to an ownership group in Oklahoma City.

June 28, 2007: Kevin Durant is selected with the second pick in the NBA Draft.

July 2, 2008: Professional Basketball Club LLC (PBC), led by Clay Bennett, reached a settlement agreement in the lawsuit filed by the city of Seattle, finalizing the move of the Seattle SuperSonics to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

September 3, 2008: Oklahoma City team officials unveil the team's new name and logo. The former Seattle SuperSonics franchise is now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

June 6, 2012: Oklahoma City Thunder win the Western Conference, and make their first NBA Finals appearance.

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