Durant Looks Like A Winner

Kevin Durant came into town and now it isn’t so clear who the Portland Trailblazers will pick in the first round draft choice next week. Apparently, Durant really showed his skills at the work out yesterday with moves and shot making that some say was the best seen at the Rose Garden in quite a while. I’m undecided on this one. I think Greg Oden will bring the fans and give the Blazers some needed buzz. He’s a marketer’s dream. BTW, did you see that Nike signed Oden to a multi-year deal?

But Durant looks like a winner. He kind of reminds me of Derek Jeter in a way. He just gets the job done. You go out on the court and you win. That’s it.

I think I am leaning toward Durant. He is just such a solid player.

8 Comments so far

  1. Daaaaave (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    Durant will be a primetime scorer in the league but he doesn’t approach Oden in defense and Oden will get his points in the paint. Their comparative rebounding numbers are also misleading considering Durant play more minutes in a weaker conference, the Big Ten is far more physical. No way that spindly body averages 10 boards in the NBA.


  2. Russ (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    You could be right. Oden ruled the paint in college, but doesn’t have polished and immediate offensive equipment at this point.

    I have visions of Oden being a 15-18 ppg scorer with excellent rebounding and defensive skills. That is if he stays healthy.

    Durant is probably a 25 ppg scorer in his rookie year.

    So to me the determining factor could well be will Oden prevent more points on defense than the scoring gap would be between Oden and Durant.

    I’m glad this not my decision…


  3. Justin (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    I’m still in the Oden camp, though it wouldn’t sting as much now if I heard Durant’s name called on Thursday.

    One of the previous workout stats that really hit me on Durant was his inability to bench press 185 lbs even a single time. Granted, that weight lifting number is far from the most important statistic to look at, but the West is extremely physical. Pretty much rules out any kind of inside game from Durant when point guards will be strong enough to bully him around in the paint. Sure, he’ll put on some weight as he gets older and he could always hit the gym, but I’d also worry about what would happen to someone so slight injury-wise.

    I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I still prefer Oden’s personality, too. I think he represents himself (and, by proxy, his organization) extremely well and would give a great face to a team that needs it. Not that Durant’s said or done anything to make me think he’d be an embarrassment to the organization, but he lacks charisma. Again, could just be youth.


  4. daaaaave (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    You put a 18/12 center with the ability to clog the lane and pick up 3-4 blocks a night with Aldridge and Roy and you’d have to work to NOT win a championship.

    Putting Durant at 3 might even diminish Roy’s capabilities. After all, it’s not a straight numbers game. Every shot we give to Durant to boost his ppg is a shot Roy doesn’t take. Oden on the other hand can live off points from garbage and rebounds and still get his.

    I put up a post in the Oden thread (which for some reason is stuck in a approval queue) that talks about the ability for the Blazers to go out and grab a free agent 3 (Marion, Davis, Jamison, Maggette, Josh Smith all could be potentially available) at the end of next season.


  5. John (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    Oden is probably a better guy to have a pint with, Durant might give as a better winning record. Seems like no contest, “Welcome to Stumpown G.O.”


  6. thedude (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Centers win championships, small forwards scoring titles. Go with the center.


  7. Rusty (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    I’ve been up in the air, filled with nagging doubt, ever since word of Durant’s workout prowess hit, but Daaaaave is right, which hurts. But it’s true. Oden’s game would add to what we have; Durant’s would take away from it. Durant will be a great player, but I think Oden’s what the Blazers need.


  8. chad (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

    Oden will make us more fundamentally sound, but Durant might actually have a bigger impact. I suppose I lean towards Oden, just because centers like him are rare. If both him and Aldridge reach their potential, we will definitely dominate inside. We’re still not a finished team however. On the perimeter, we need at least one other player who can help Roy with the decision making, playmaking, clutch shots, etc. I keep thinking about the 2004 draft when we could have gone for Deron Williams, but traded down for Martell Webster. If we added Oden to a team with Williams, Roy, and Aldridge, we’d be the second-coming of the Spurs. Oh well…



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