Career: 2008-Present
Team(s): Thunder
Stats: 19.9 PPG, 6.9 APG, 4.8 RPG, 1.6 SPG
Accomplishments: 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2009 All-Rookie First Team

Perhaps the best way to appreciate Russell Westbrook is to watch the Thunder try to play without him. His absence is palpable; the Thunder sorely miss his ability to run the fast break and blow by defenders with ease. His partnership with Kevin Durant—heavily scrutinized at times—has been put on display as a perfect balance of responsibility between two elite scorers.

Westbrook has demonstrated the past three seasons (22.8 points per game average) that he can score with the best of them, getting to the rim whenever he sees fit. He also has been able to stay on the floor, never missing a game until his freak injury during OKC's first round series against Houston.