Tuesday, May 22, 2007

ODEN!!!!!!

"And that means the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft goes to the Portland Trail Blazers."

The words that just changed this franchise forever. I'll be back tomorrow with some more in depth analysis, and I'm sure the fearless Moderator of this blog will as well. Right now I'm on the verge of passing out, but there are a few things going on in my head that need to be thrown out there.

1. They are drafting Greg Oden. Let's just be clear about that right now. I love Kevin Durant, but they're not passing on the best center to enter the draft in decades.

2. Seattle getting Durant makes for a very interesting scenario. The Zach Randolph for Rashard Lewis deal makes a hell of a lot of sense right now.

3. However, the Blazers could make some side deals to acquire a league average small forward.

4. Make no mistake about it, the Blazers are a playoff team next year and a title contender for the next 10 years at least. Their window didn't just open, it was blown open with dynamite. They need to start to built for the playoffs. That small forward position might be best filled by a veteran player. Someone who's been in the playoffs and knows the battles that are fought in May and June. I don't really know who this player is right now, I have to do some research tonight, plus that's the Moderators usual territory.

5. With the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers select Greg Oden, center, Ohio State University.

Open some bubbly everyone. It happened!!!

1 comment:

Jose said...

Wow! I can't believe that the Blazers finally received the #1 pick in this years draft. Personally, I believe that it was long overdue. Now that they have the #1 pick, a wise decision must be made. Who will they pick.

Greg Oden will be the way to go only if they manage to trade Z-BO to Seattle for R. Lewis. This should at least be attempted before the draft. This will then make sense. Otherwise, if Portland cannot work out a trade with Seattle then I'd have to go with Durant. This will also make sense considering that Portland already have two decent centers in Joel and Magloire.

While its no suprise that the Portland Trailblazers are rebuilding and luckily have found some pieces to the puzzle to help make them a contender, they are very fortunate to have a true SG in Brandon Roy, a potentially good PG in Jarret Jack, tremendous yet explosive power forwards in Travis Outlaw and La Marcus Aldrige. All they need now is an explosive small forward who can alos play the three spot like a R. Lewis and this is considering that they draft Oden and Trade Z-Bo.