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In-Season All-Improved Team

PER Diem: March 4, 2010

Updated: March 4, 2010, 2:50 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Kevin Durant & Russell WestbrookRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe sudden improvement by Durantula and Russell Westbrook has transformed OKC into a contender.

Normally when we think of improvement, we picture a player putting in extra work over the summer and coming back with an improved jump shot, a new move or the proverbial 15 pounds of muscle. The league even gives out a trophy, the Most Improved Player Award, to commemorate the league's greatest season-over-season improvement.

That's one type of improvement, but it's not the only kind. There's another way to get better, and it's perhaps more difficult -- via slow, inexorable progress over the course of the regular season. Some players have managed it, however, and are visibly better than they were five months ago.

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