Permalink of this article[From Stephen B. Snyde...]
Poor Man's Commish doesn't usually let me argue about NBA teams and what they should do, because normally we like to leave the rantin' and ravin' to the myriad of blogs out there, but when I brought this up, he didn't think anybody had touched on it, at least not the way I'm about to.
Now that Portland and Seattle are #1 and #2 in this year's deep NBA Draft, which will lead to this year's best Vegas Summer League
ever, you have to be asking yourself: Greg Oden
or Kevin Durant
Ballaz everywhere will, of course, lean towards Durant because we can all "be like Kevin". You have to be much taller than everybody else around you to be like Greg. And it's hard to pass on a guy who scored 30 ppg in the college format. What if Oden is to Sam Bowie
as Durant is to Michael Jordan
But haven't we seen enough in the NBA Playoffs this year? You look at the Warriors and you go, "Plenty of swingmen. They need a Carlos Boozer
, Kevin Garnett
, or Elton Brand
. They need a tall guy in the middle who can score, rebound and draw defenders to kick out." You look at the Suns and you go, "Something's wrong with the system. The Spurs closed down everything and let Amare Stoudemire
get his. The Suns need another Amare." You look at the Spurs and you go, "Who the heck can guard Tim Duncan
and not be forced into a double-team?"
Now, there are plenty of teams that merely need a Durant to get to the playoffs. Or a Yi Jianlian
, who is simply a freak-of-nature inside-out pick a la Dirk Nowitzki
. In fact, we've already seen the better playoff teams neutralize opposing fives made up of mini-Durants (think Leandro Barbosa
and Stephen Jackson
in their team systems) and, of course, MVP Dirk.
Remember, it's a team game. Granted, Durant maybe
can disrupt a Jazz, Spurs, or Pistons defense enough to significantly alter their pack-it-in styles. But that seems like more of a risky prediction as we sit on the verge of the NBA Finals these next couple weeks.
If you want any chance of getting to the conference finals, you must pick Oden.
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