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Heading into the 2007 NBA draft, the Trail Blazers had gaping holes at the small forward and center positions. With Kevin Durant and Greg Oden both on the board, the team couldn’t go wrong, right?
The need-over-talent argument is a valid one, and the Blazers used it as a defense for taking Oden.
But why would the Blazers focus so much on need when someone with Durant’s talent was right there on the board waiting for them?
Oden did fill a need, but the guy was also supposed to be a once-in-a-decade talent at the center position.
His ceiling was supposed to be high in the NBA, but as it turns out, the Blazers are once again looking to add both talent and a new center heading into the 2012-13 season.