Greg Oden

Kevin DurantPhotos by Scott Council
Originally published in SLAM 110

Heading into the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery, some said it would an ideal situation for a franchise to land the second pick, rather than the first, since the decision of whether to take Greg Oden or Kevin Durant would be made by the team selecting before them. Both guys were happy to buy into the storyline, playfully advertising their worth as top pick. Only time will tell how the two compare, but both the Blazers and Sonics, err, I mean Thunder, should be pleased with the outcome of that night. — Adam Fleischer