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Oklahoma City Thunder
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Conference Western
Division Northwest
Founded 1967
History Seattle SuperSonics
1967–2008
Oklahoma City Thunder
2008–present
Arena Chesapeake Energy Arena
Location Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Team colors Thunder blue, sunset, yellow, navy blue
                   
Main sponsor Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
General manager Sam Presti
Head coach Billy Donovan
Ownership Professional Basketball Club LLC (Clay Bennett, Chairman)
Affiliation(s) Oklahoma City Blue
Championships 1 (1979)
Conference titles 4 (1978, 1979, 1996, 2012)
Division titles 11 (1979, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Retired numbers 7 (1, 4, 10, 19, 24, 32, 43)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder's NBA G League affiliate is the Oklahoma City Blue, which it owns. The Thunder is the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City previously hosted the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans) for two seasons following devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The team was originally established as the Seattle SuperSonics, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1967–68 season. The SuperSonics moved in 2008 after a settlement was reached between the ownership group led by Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle, Washington following a lawsuit. In Seattle, the SuperSonics qualified for the NBA playoffs 22 times, won their division six times, advanced to three NBA Finals, and won the 1979 NBA Championship. In Oklahoma City, the Thunder qualified for their first playoff berth during the 2009–10 season. They won their first division title as the Thunder in the 2010–11 season and their first Western Conference championship as the Thunder in the 2011–12 season, appearing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since 1996, when the team was based in Seattle.

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