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David Thorpe, Durant, and Oden redux

Yes, this is a dead horse.  But the subject is starting to come up again, now that Durant is really going nuts, and I want the right perspective on this.

David Thorpe is not an Oden hater, and gave him huge ups in the same chat noted below for the Chicago game.  And yet...

Jake (Columbia, MO): I listend to Simmons' podcast the other day. Stein and Bucher are still claiming that they would have taken Oden with the #1 pick. They're fooling themselves, right? As great of a defensive presence as Oden can be, Durant would be an unbelievable second option on that team. If anything, his progress would probably be better in Portland. Thoughts? 

SportsNation David Thorpe: KD on the Blazers right now means they are a top 4 team, right now. 

Me doubt it.  In Portland, we would be talking many fewer touches for Durant than he gets in the wasteland-city-that-shall-not-be-named.  Plus Nate's impatience.  And some day that skinny body is going to break down.  I can go on like this all day long. Because I like Oden and it makes me feel better.  

Top 4?   Pfffft....

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