Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 03 March 2023

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Development of Oklahoma City Thunder and the Management Strategies Made

Hengrui Mei * 1
1 Shenzhen College of International Education, Shenzhen, 518043, China

* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 523-531
Published 03 March 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Hengrui Mei. Development of Oklahoma City Thunder and the Management Strategies Made. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 523-531.


The essay is about the overall analysis about team strategies made by Oklahoma City Thunder, a franchise in National Basketball League from 2008 to 2022. The analysis covers ups and downs of the franchise regarding its performance in the league and competitiveness. The basis of the analysis is through team transactions and the team philosophies that lead to these transactions or team trades. To analyze the team trades I decided to dig deep into players’ stats not only regular but also advanced stats to figure out the value of each tradeand the reasearch also incorporates draft picks accumulated from trades to evaluate the anticipate the team’s next move. Last but not the least the essay also covers team’s revenue throughout the years from the perspective of gate revenue and merchandising.


Future, Drafts, Trades, Philosophies, Propspects.


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