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2006: No. 2 LaMarcus Aldridge, No. 6 Brandon Roy, No. 27 Sergio Rodriguez, No. 30 Joel Freeland
2007: No. 1 Greg Oden, No. 24 Rudy Fernandez, No. 30 Petteri Koponen, No. 37 Josh McRoberts, No. 52 Taureen Green
2008: No. 11 Jerryd Bayless, No. 25 Nicolas Batum
2009: No. 22 Victor Claver, No. 31 Jeff Pendergraph, No. 33 Dante Cunningham, No. 38 Patrick Mills
2010: No. 16 Luke Babbitt, No. 22 Elliot Williams, No. 34 Armon Johnson
Yes, the Portland Trail Blazers picked Greg Oden ahead of Kevin Durant in 2007.
However, no one could have foreseen how badly Oden would struggle with injuries once he landed in Portland. And furthermore, Oden may still return and become a productive player.
But Oden is not the reason why the Blazers top this list.
Actually, there are many reasons.
First, the team was able to select both Aldridge (No. 2) and Roy (No. 6) during the same draft—a fact made even more impressive when one considers that the rest of the top-six picks that year consisted of Andrei Bargnani, Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams.
Additionally, the team selected Spanish point guard Sergio Rodriguez that season, and also picked another talented Spaniard in Rudy Fernandez, along with the do-it-all power forward Josh McRoberts during the Oden draft.
The next season, they picked the explosive Jerryd Bayless and the long, athletic and skilled Nic Batum.
And with selections over the past couple of drafts including promising players like Victor Claver, Patty Mills, Dante Cunningham, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Armon Johnson, it is clear that Portland absolutely has an eye for scouting talent.