I know just by mentioning the word Oden and trade in the same sentence I automatically invite half of Portland to absolutely rip me. But before you do, take a moment for a little objective thought.
Chris Paul would be more valuable to us than Greg Oden right now.
I’m not part of the “down on Oden bandwagon”. I’m also not trotting out the “should we have drafted Oden or Durant” question. Those are both so worn out, and lacking in intelligent analysis.
When you intellectually break down what this team would be like with Chris Paul on it, versus what we lose by trading Oden, we gain alot more than we lose. I wouldn’t say that if we didn’t have Joel Przybilla. But Joel has shown tremendous moxy every time Oden goes out, and the rest of our team still operate quite cohesively. There would certainly be some regret to see Oden on another team for the next few years, but that regret would be more than compensated by the stellar play we would have team-wide with Chris Paul on the team.
If you put Chris Paul and Brandon Roy in our backcourt together next year, we can look The Championship right in the eye. Chris Paul would have an immediate impact on our team from the first minute on the court. Oden still shows signs he needs time to fully realize his potential. Once again I emphasize, I'm not down on Oden. I recognize he has tremendous potential, and will probably someday be the beast we were told he would be. But when you have a chance to open up a possible Championship window which could last for a few years you must take it.