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Last season, the Thunder resembled a traveling one-man show. Russell Westbrook's solo act captivated the NBA world as he became the first player since 1962 to average a triple-double for a season. For his efforts, he won the league's most valuable player award.
What Westbrook's tear didn't do was lead Oklahoma City back to contention in the wake of Kevin Durant's departure the previous summer. Sure, the Thunder made the playoffs when many thought they wouldn't, but they were dismissed in five games in the first round by the Houston Rockets. Westbrook's individual greatness appeared to have taken the Thunder as far as the team could go without more help.
This summer, General Manager Sam Presti found some. In adding all-stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City suddenly has the firepower to again be a real factor in the Western Conference. But those reinforcements arrive with obvious questions: How will three star players all accustomed to leading their own teams be able to comfortably coexist? And can Westbrook give back some of the unprecedented freedom and control he exerted over the franchise last season?
"Russ is still special. Carmelo is still special. We're all still special," Paul George said earlier this preseason. "That doesn't change our abilities. It's just, now we have don't have to have that burden of having to do it every possession night in and night out, having that pressure of doing it alone. That's the only thing that changes.
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