GM Sam Presti hopes continuity of Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka pushes Thunder to top


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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder hope their continuity overcomes the big-name signings other teams made in the offseason.

Oklahoma City boasts a core of stars — reigning MVP Kevin Durant, electric point guard Russell Westbrook and defensive dynamo Serge Ibaka — that has played together for the past five years. They have reached the Western Conference Finals three times and the NBA Finals once. As other teams piece squads together and hope they build chemistry, Thunder general manager Sam Presti hopes the collective experience of his best players finally gets the Thunder to the top.

Presti is excited about the future because his stars are just moving into their prime. Durant will be 26 on Sept. 29, Westbrook turns 26 in November and Ibaka just turned 25 on Sept. 18.

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