Remembering Why the Portland Trail Blazers Chose Greg Oden over Kevin Durant

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Remembering Why the Portland Trail Blazers Chose Greg Oden over Kevin Durant
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Greg Oden’s recent interview with Grantland’s Mark Titus shed a lot of light on the bad things that have happened throughout the young player’s career.

Oden and the Portland Trail Blazers recently parted ways, but thinking back five years, there were more than enough reasons why the team chose Oden over Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA draft.

Knowing what we know now, if the Blazers could do the draft again, it’s safe to say they’d honk twice and select Durant.

At the time, though, Oden was the guy to choose, and with his projections out of Ohio State being so high, most NBA teams would have made the same decision with the No. 1 overall pick.

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