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Russell Westbrook gives OKC edge

Not everyone fully appreciates the Thunder star, but his teammates certainly do

Updated: January 24, 2013, 1:29 PM ET
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

A black hat is probably too plain for Russell Westbrook's tastes, but it seems to fit.

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is a true force, a bona fide top-10 player whose combination of athleticism and relentlessness is virtually unmatched. But there's a dangerous edge to his game that's unlike anything displayed by his elite-level peers.

Kobe Bryant's measured intensity is notorious, as is his habit of gnawing on the collar of his jersey. LeBron James' stoic glare defined ...

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