By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 at 7:51 pm in Uncategorized.
Texas star Kevin Durant announced he’s entering the draft. No surprise there. It will be even less surprising when Greg Oden announces his entry pretty soon.
But the question is out there, looming for whoever is fortunate enough to land that top pick. Who do you take?
Oden has been the consensus prediction for the top pick. A 7-footer who is a force on defense, has potential on offense and all the tenacity and hunger you’d want in a big man.
Durant is the best basketball player in the country. He’s a walking mismatch that probably comes around less often than a legitimate center.
If it is me, I’m taking Durant. Yes. I’d pass up on a true center. But I’d prefer the most proven commodity. Durant is a baller. Oden can be. In a league that favors offensive stars, a defensive center’s impact is limited. So, one would be hoping that Oden comes around on offense. Otherwise, he’s Theo Ratliff.
But Durant is as close to a sure thing as you’re going to get. As tough as it would be to pass up on a talent like Oden. I think I’m taking Durant.