Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 West Reno Ave, Oklahoma City OK
The Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder's NBA Development 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.The team was originally established as the Seattle SuperSonics, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1967Ã¢??68 season. The SuperSonics relocated 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, and won the 1979 NBA Championship. In Oklahoma City, the Thunder qualified for their first playoff berth during the 2009Ã¢??10 season. They followed that success by winning their first division title as the Thunder in the 2010Ã¢??11 season and their first Western Conference championship as the Thunder in the 2011Ã¢??12 season, appearing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 1996, when the club was based in Seattle.