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Mavrix
08-08-2009, 06:20 AM
PG- Miller
SG- Roy
SF- Durant
PF- Aldridge
C- Pryzbilla

yikes.

Oden still has hope though being a victim of the injury bug, but still I see Durant as the obvious all around better player with more potential. The Blazers would be working with 2 franchise players in Roy and Durant had they picked him with the first over all pick.

Would they be #1 in the west had they drafted Durant instead?

magichatnumber9
08-08-2009, 06:40 AM
In Better Shape, I think they would have drafted a big man eventually.

CubbieKid17
08-08-2009, 06:51 AM
Much better shape offensively, but defensively, they'd be worse. Then again, Durant is actually healthy.

DerekRE_3
08-08-2009, 07:05 AM
This has been talked about to death...

chitownbulls
08-08-2009, 07:10 AM
where would the bulls be if we hadnt traded aldridge?

North Yorker
08-08-2009, 08:29 AM
If the Raps took Danny Granger/Andre Igoudala instead of Joey Graham/Arujao, we may have actually gotten out of the first round of the playoffs recently and made the VC trade bearable.

We might of actually been a contender..oh well

Laker fan in OZ
08-08-2009, 08:41 AM
The lakers would still be #1 in the west, and the answer to your question is they would still be in Portland.

BenFrank
08-08-2009, 09:03 AM
Roy.. Durant.. and Aldridge, would have been the next Big 3

Jahari Kavi
08-08-2009, 10:51 AM
title contenders.....I never got the big deal about Greg Oden at OSU. And I always knew that Durant was the better player then and would be a better player in the NBA. Durant was as much as a sure thing as any college player who ever entered the draft. Oden had question marks concerning his health, post up game, and his lack of big man aggression. Blazers definitely shot themselves in the foot with this one.............

ATX
08-08-2009, 11:39 AM
Portland made a HUGE mistake in that draft.

arkanian215
08-08-2009, 11:50 AM
no they did not. would you rather have a franchise c or a franchise sg/sf? great centers are hard to find. oden didnt show leg injury problems before the draft. oden was the right pick at the time. you can't justify picking durant by saying "oh look how he turned out." those gm's didn't know that was going to happen. oden owned college basketball with his left hand. if i had to make that decision i'd pick oden, without the knowledge that durant will be better than him in the next couple of years). oden is still young and can really mature next season if he's healthy.
when healthy, oden puts up similar per36 numbers as bynum.

SportsManiacSJ
08-08-2009, 11:52 AM
Portland made a HUGE mistake in that draft.

yup. definitely not the first time.....

Diggy_2
08-08-2009, 11:55 AM
what if detroit took carmelo instead of darko?????what if heat didnt take Wade and the bulls picked him???? its just a bunch of what ifs

zachattach
08-08-2009, 12:02 PM
The lakers would still be #1 in the west, and the answer to your question is they would still be in Portland.
I agree with this comment they would still be in Portland. There's always what ifs but this one has a huge impact. Well when Portalnd plays against teams like the Magic, Lakers, Rockets, Celtics and the other teams that have good big men you should appreciate Oden more. Oden is going to be a good player with the chance to be really good, just needs more time.

arkanian215
08-08-2009, 12:04 PM
this one makes slightly more sense because the only change in their team would be durant and oden, minus andre miller, possibly claver, patrick mills
i think brandon roy wouldn't be as good, outlaw definitely wouldn't be as good. aldridge wouldnt be as good. durant wouldnt be as good.

Derick713
08-08-2009, 12:23 PM
It's hard to say what Oden will develop into. Will he turn into an awesome defensive player or will he be a so and so player. The NBA doesn't have many elite big-men and the game has turned into a guard’s game. The only durable elite center in the game is Dwight Howard.

COULD'VE BEEN THE BEST YOUNG CORE-

? /Jerrdy Bayless
Brandon Roy/Rudy Fernandez
Kevin Durant/Travis Outlaw
LaMarcus Aldridge/Channing Frye
? /Joel Pryzbilla


Even if Kevin Durant can't do what Greg Oden can, he is still a better player and you always go with the better talent.

The Blazers could've traded for Chandler or Kaman. That's what makes passing on Durant even worse.

Lakers4ItAll
08-08-2009, 12:25 PM
Portland makes the worst choices in the draft

tkshy
08-08-2009, 12:33 PM
Where would they be if the drafted Michael Jordan. Leave the poor guys alone they have a great young team now.
IF:
-Porter
-MJ
-Clyde
-Kiki
-Duckworth

krest213
08-08-2009, 12:34 PM
i dont think it would have make much dif.

MPScribbles
08-08-2009, 12:49 PM
Great SG/SF combo with a good PF. All you would need is competent PG and C and you would sound a lot like the Boston Celtics. Worked out pretty well for them last two years. Plus this team would be young with lots of potential and plenty of salary cap flexibility. Dynasty would not be overestimating the possibilities if their owner was willing to spend to keep the team together and add the appropriate pieces.

JordansBulls
08-08-2009, 12:55 PM
PG- Miller
SG- Roy
SF- Durant
PF- Aldridge
C- Pryzbilla

yikes.

Oden still has hope though being a victim of the injury bug, but still I see Durant as the obvious all around better player with more potential. The Blazers would be working with 2 franchise players in Roy and Durant had they picked him with the first over all pick.

Would they be #1 in the west had they drafted Durant instead?

Well does Durant become as good playing with Roy?


I'm starting to think Portland messed up now.

GeorgeMcCloud21
08-08-2009, 12:55 PM
3rd best team in the West
Durant is sick

GeorgeMcCloud21
08-08-2009, 12:56 PM
Portland makes the worst choices in the draft

That's for sure.

AllDay28
08-08-2009, 02:32 PM
every other team in the NBA would of taken Oden over Durant at that time.

AllDay28
08-08-2009, 02:34 PM
Portland makes the worst choices in the draft

gettin brandon roy, lamarcus aldridge, travis outlaw, jerryd bayless, rudy fernandez, nicolas batum were all very bad choices on draft night :eyebrow:

FlakeyFool
08-08-2009, 02:34 PM
oh and what would of happened if the raps picked roy over bargnani or alridge over bargnani...

AntwanN21
08-08-2009, 03:09 PM
too late to look back now..........

what would the raps be if they drafted brandon roy???

johnnychan
08-08-2009, 03:23 PM
gettin brandon roy, lamarcus aldridge, travis outlaw, jerryd bayless, rudy fernandez, nicolas batum were all very bad choices on draft night :eyebrow:

The only player Portland drafted out of that group was Outlaw.

GeneWaldron#5
08-08-2009, 03:56 PM
Yeah they do make some bad decisions. Seeing as they knew he was going to suffer a career threatening injury before he stepped on the court they really should have picked Durant instead.

Toenail Clipper
08-08-2009, 03:59 PM
Portland wanted to have a big and shooter duo like Kobe and Shaq. You can't blame them

B.JenningsMVP
08-08-2009, 04:03 PM
where would the bulls be if we hadnt traded aldridge?

haha.. yea that trade was stupid... imagine, rose and aldridge all day on the pick n roll lol

DetroitRipCity
08-08-2009, 04:31 PM
in the finals maybe even a title

mrblisterdundee
08-08-2009, 04:39 PM
Brandon Roy and Kevin Durant would have been the greatest shooting guard/small forward combination since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. There wouldn't be a need for a dominant big man; just a defensive specialist.

MPScribbles
08-08-2009, 05:04 PM
haha.. yea that trade was stupid... imagine, rose and aldridge all day on the pick n roll lol

Because Aldridge is better than Tyrus, presumably, the Bulls wouldn't have gotten Rose because they probably would have been in the playoffs. Even if not the variables would have been different enough that the Bulls tiny chance at winning that draft lottery would have been even worse so they almost certainly wouldn't have gotten Rose.

JordansBulls
08-08-2009, 05:50 PM
Brandon Roy and Kevin Durant would have been the greatest shooting guard/small forward combination since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. There wouldn't be a need for a dominant big man; just a defensive specialist.

They would still need a big man to score in the paint.

Mavrix
08-08-2009, 05:55 PM
They would still need a big man to score in the paint.

No. Boston had Perkins when it won the championship in 08. Detroit had Ben Wallace. You don't need a scoring big man to win a championship.

xxxplicit69
08-08-2009, 05:59 PM
PG- Miller
SG- Roy
SF- Durant
PF- Aldridge
C- Pryzbilla

yikes.

Oden still has hope though being a victim of the injury bug, but still I see Durant as the obvious all around better player with more potential. The Blazers would be working with 2 franchise players in Roy and Durant had they picked him with the first over all pick.

Would they be #1 in the west had they drafted Durant instead?

The same place they would have been if they drafted jordan instead of sam booie.

JordansBulls
08-08-2009, 06:00 PM
No. Boston had Perkins when it won the championship in 08. Detroit had Ben Wallace. You don't need a scoring big man to win a championship.

Garnett and Rasheed Wallace are big men. In case you didn't know a PF is a big man as well.

NJrockPD
08-08-2009, 06:14 PM
I think they would have BJ Mullens and Robin Lopez or Roy Hibbert.

Miller Blake Bayless
Roy Rudy Bayless
Outlaw Batum
Aldridge
Oden Przybilla

or

Miller Blake Bayless
Roy Rudy Bayless
Durant Outlaw Batum
Aldridge
Mullens or Hibbert or Lopez Przybilla

I'd say they would be much better off without Oden, but lets be serious anyone would have taken him. I was actually higher on Durant and I still understood portland taking this guy. Another thing is if/when Oden does get healthy he still has time to be a dominant force in the NBA for years.

loufor2
08-08-2009, 06:22 PM
Garnett and Rasheed Wallace are big men. In case you didn't know a PF is a big man as well.

Which would mean Aldridge would qualify as that big man. He has more of an inside game than Sheed (because he jacks 3's). And a very simular game to Garnett in terms of offensive floor positioning.

mavwar53
08-08-2009, 06:27 PM
how many of these threads does there need to be

Storch
08-08-2009, 06:46 PM
#1 in the west? :laugh:

Giantwarrior
08-08-2009, 07:00 PM
where would the warriors be if they drafted kobe bryant instead of todd fullter, 1 pick before the lakers?

blazerman
08-08-2009, 07:24 PM
The Blazers are in great shape for the here and now and the future with Oden. Oden only played 20 minutes a game and averaged over 9/7 after coming off microfracture, he was rusty for sure.

On the bright side he's doing great this summer has his legs and most of his hops back and is down 12 lbs, expect him to get over 30 minutes a game and a double double easy especially with a real pg getting him the ball. Blake couldnt drop a pass inside to the bigs if his life depended on it.

Durant, Roy and Aldridge would have been huge and nearly impossible to defend because if you tried to double team one your definately gonna get burned by one of the others. No way does adding Durant make any of the three less effective, if anything it opens the floor up considerably.

That is a very young version of Bostons big 3. But we in Portland are very happy with our big 3 Roy, Aldridge and Oden which will win some titles in the near future.

JWO35
08-08-2009, 07:29 PM
They would be pretty Darn Good!
I'm sure they would be serious Title contenders.....

Raps18-19 Champ
08-08-2009, 07:58 PM
where would the bulls be if we hadnt traded aldridge?

The Bulls already wanted Tyrus Thomas but Portland was worried that Charlotte might take Aldridge at #3 so Portland asked Chicago to draft Aldridge for them.

blastmasta26
08-09-2009, 12:51 AM
Durant's an offensive beast, but is a weak defender and Portland has a lot of SG/SF's anyway. Roy, Outlaw, Fernandez are all atleast solid players. Oden is a true C with potential, staying healthy is his only issue. A good decision at the time and if Oden can improve and stay healthy, the pick will still be good.

MajorFloridaFan
08-09-2009, 12:54 AM
you never know what direction this team could have went personnel wise

HouRealCoach
08-09-2009, 01:34 AM
Greg Oden was a 19 year old defensive machine that only knew how to win.... Yes he is injury prone but you cant pass that up.... Teams make mistakes ALOT especially Portland....

IAMLordRaider
08-09-2009, 01:38 AM
probably in the same position they are in now. Portland has a good team regardless. Durant and Roy can't touch the ball at the same time. Portland needs a center who can dominate more than small forwards.

Raoul Duke
08-09-2009, 01:52 AM
They'd probably be better off with Durant. That being said, I probably would have taken Oden too, especially after watching his last college game.

I just don't think Oden is ever going to be a consistently dominant NBA center. Young guys that have that ability don't tend to take this long to show it.

D-Will4Prez
08-09-2009, 02:13 AM
They'd be in better shape but not much more than the current OKC...Still wouldn't make the playoffs.