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OKC Thunder: Ranking Most Important Players Heading into 2013-14 Season
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the 2013-14 season with several new faces, but with the same goal still in mind: NBA champions. But to reach that goal, certain players will have to rise up in the lineup.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are the obvious players that are extremely important to this team, as their past performance has been much of the reason the Thunder has had so much success the past several years.

But players that are expected to fill voids on offense like Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams are also going to be needed for solid performances throughout the season. 

It's a new year with a slightly different team. The Thunder can pretty much count on stellar performances from their proven playmakers (Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka), but with the departure of sharpshooter Jeremy Lamb and the injury to Westbrook which will keep him from play for the first four to six weeks of the season, other lower-profile players will need to rise to the occasion. 

These are the five most important players for the Thunder going into the 2013-14 season. 

Note: These rankings are based off players the Thunder need contribution from most for the Thunder to have success in the upcoming season. 



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