Players Who OKC Thunder Most Need to Step Up Next Season

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Players Who OKC Thunder Most Need to Step Up Next Season
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It would be difficult to look at the current roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder and proclaim that they have improved upon their talent level from last season.

Gone is Kevin Martin, the de facto James Harden replacement. He leaves behind a big hole on the bench waiting to be filled by any number of offensive talents.

Russell Westbrook's knee injury derailed any chances of a second consecutive finals appearance in last year's postseason. With him back in the fold, there is little doubt they can make a run for the top seed in the West once again, but will they have enough to get back to championship contention?

For this to happen, someone will have to step up considerably. The Durant and Westbrook show can only carry them so far.

Here are the candidates that stand to have huge impacts on this team if they can elevate their games to the next level.

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