Russell Westbrook and 10 Players Who Will Shape the Future of the NBA

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Russell Westbrook and 10 Players Who Will Shape the Future of the NBA
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While this slideshow discusses 10 players who will shape the future of the NBA, it's almost more fun to share the anti-list in these instances—that is, the players who fell just short of inclusion.

Andrew Bynum, Greg Monroe, John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Jeremy Lin and Paul George are all fine young players who may one day set the league on fire with their prodigious talents. But they aren't strong bets to change the way the NBA game is played, nor are they marketing machines who'll shape fan perception.

The players on this list are potentially transformational talents. They will have a say in how we think of the NBA and the trajectory of the league for years to come.

Some will meet their sky-high potential, and others will fall short, but the successes and failures alike will leave an indelible mark on basketball for generations.

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