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RealGM Comments on Oden & KP

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RealGM appraises OKC potential, but comments on Oden vs Durant and KP's summer. For insecure Blazer fans that love to see positive reinforcement about drafting Greg: In the interest of full disclosure, I was absolutely in favor of picking Oden over Durant in the 2007 debate. I remain solidly committed to that position even after Oden's injury and the quicker than expected development of Durant as a scorer. My position is based more on Oden being a center and the relative dearth of quality at that position than it does with comparing the two players in a vacuum. For the same reason, I would rather start a franchise with Dwight Howard than LeBron even though I believe LeBron is a vastly superior talent. Food for thought on KP: I avoided making Portland comparisons throughout this piece as much as possible, but it is worth noting that Kevin Pritchard was in an identical situation at the 2009 Trade Deadline and during this past summer's free agency period. Instead of using his cap space and talent depth on a blockbuster for a younger player to grow old with Brandon Roy, Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge, he improved the team in the short-term with Andre Miller. If the Blazers perpetually fall just a little bit short, I think this is the summer where Pritchard will be criticized for being too conservative/unimaginative.

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