Adrian Peterson’s uncanny return from reconstructive knee surgery after only nine months of rehab defined the 2012 Minnesota Vikings. Peterson came within eight yards of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2105 yards. More importantly, he willed the Vikes into a surprising playoff berth. Despite the success, the front office traded away highly skilled but injury prone wide receiver Percy Harvin to fellow conference contender Seattle in exchange for a 2013 first-round draft pick. On a team lacking legit playmakers
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While the Rockets, Warriors and Clippers all utilized the draft and free agency to improve their chances of winning the Western Conference in 2014, the reigning number one seeds, the Oklahoma City Thunder, have remained strangely quiet. Besides taking another swing at landing a legit starting center by drafting Steven Adams 12th overall, the OKC brain trust is relying on a roster packed with unproven talent to pick up the slack next season.