The NBA legend Paul Pierce did not wait long and gave out his expectations on the champion of next season. The former NBA champion considers the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft Jayson Tatum to be his twin. He thinks he has a similar debut but with more professional games than he played as an NBA player when he was at the same age. Pierce asked about Boston Celtics' chances to finish the season on the top of Eastern Conference, he thought that Celtics were ready to displace Cleveland Cavaliers from the eastern's throne once again.

Paul Pierce attracts attention

Like most NBA fans, Pierce criticized Kevin Durant's decision to join The Warriors coming from Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul Pierce went to China and searched for Brandon Jennings, who signed with the Shanxi Brave Dragons earlier this summer. Pierce thought that Jennings didn't deserve a farewell tour and posted the video on his Instagram account.

Crazy prediction

Through an episode of ESPN’s "The Jump," Paul Pierce has given his expectation of the champion's identity for the next season. Although the biggest percentage of viewers expected that the final will be between The Cavaliers and The Warriors for the third time in a row, Pierce had another opinion and insisted that Oklahoma City Thunder can achieve the championship title.

OKC's destructive force

Oklahoma City Thunder spent all the offseason trying to construct a strong team that is capable of competing for NBA championship. The Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony this summer to join the MVP Russell Westbrook. As a result of the partnership of these three in one team, the Thunder could go far this season in Pierce's eyes.

The Thunder's chances of getting a ring may simply increase. And of course, it will be a big blow, especially after the departure of Kevin Durant from Oklahoma for the Golden State trying to win the championship. Paul George's contract will expire at the end of this season, amid speculation that he will leave for the Lakers in the season.

But after the extension of Russell Westbrook's contract, George may change his mind about leaving and maybe extend his contract with OKC. The Thunder finished their preseason by beating Denver Nuggets 96-86. The big three brilliantly starred in that game by scoring 45 points and grabbing 21 rebounds. OKC are preparing for their season debut against New York Knicks on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.