Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 6/24/13
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Somewhere between wondering how good Steven Adams might be and worrying if Kelly Olynyk can possibly be strong enough to replace Kendrick Perkins is Russell Westbrook. Yeah, him. The NBA draft is Thursday night and the Thunder have the No. 12 pick, but more importantly than who, what position, and playing the, "If-only" game about the future possibilities and probabilities, the return of Westbrook is better than any lottery pick. Remember, the Thunder were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference when the playoffs started back in mid-April. They were the team to beat because Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and three tepid bodies are a hard combination to guard, to stop and to slow down. Remember, even without James Harden, the Thunder were the favorites to return to the Finals and get another chance at the now two-time defending champ Miami Heat. Remember, because until Westbrook's knee was injured when Houston's Patrick Beverley crashed into him, the Thunder had two All-Star...
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