Out with the old, in with the new

Breaking down which teams will rule the West in the future (PER Diem: May 16, 2011)

Updated: May 16, 2011, 1:34 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

WestbrookMark D. Smith/US PresswireThe future is very bright for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The barnburner of a series between Memphis and Oklahoma City is finally over after seven games and four overtimes, but these two did more than just give us the best series of these playoffs thus far. They may have given us a preview of several more such confrontations in the coming years.