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OKC Thunder Are Team to Beat Again in the West
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The Thunder are one of the favorites in the West, but what makes them so special?

There are plenty of title contenders in the Western Conference, but none of them possess the complete package like the Oklahoma City Thunder. Once again, the Thunder are the team to beat, and here are some of the biggest reasons for that.

It all starts with the duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The two superstars are offensive juggernauts, and both of them can score 50 points in any game. They put so much pressure on opposing defenses, and the pair carries OKC's championship aspirations on its shoulders.

There are, however, other factors that play a role in OKC's success. For starters, the team has a lot of experience playing together. In a season full of new contenders that are incorporating major pieces (e.g. Doc Rivers, Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala), the Thunder's continuity is going to serve them well.

Without further ado, here is a complete breakdown of the five biggest factors that have the Oklahoma City Thunder standing on top of the rest of the Western Conference.

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