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2012-13 W-L Record: 60-22
Key Players: Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook
Key Statistics: No. 1 in Point Differential
In case you haven't heard, Russell Westbrook is back.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are the most obvious choice here, as they boast the second-best player in the league and the most explosive perimeter player. Those players, of course, are perennial All-Stars Kevin Durant and Westbrook.
A dynamic duo that has already reached the NBA Finals.
Prior to Westbrook's knee injury during the 2013 NBA playoffs, the Thunder appeared to be on their way to another Finals appearance. They finished with the best record in the Western Conference and owned a 2-0 lead on the Rockets before Westbrook went down.
With Westbrook, they're the best in the west.
In addition to Durant and Westbrook's elite scoring and play making, the Thunder have the top shot blocker in the NBA in Serge Ibaka. They also have an elite on-ball defender in Thabo Sefolosha and, should he re-sign, an elite jump shooter in Kevin Martin.
That's a major question mark, but Martin has stated that he wants to play in Oklahoma City.
The key for the Thunder will be to draft or sign an interior player that can score out of the post. As it presently stands, OKC lives and dies by the jump shot, and against the Miami Heat, that simply is not an effective way to win.
Even without that low-post player, however, OKC is a legitimate threat to Miami's crown.