We've all read the posts about what if we'd picked Durant over Oden, we'd be in the mix for sure. But most of us, though we would like to travel back in time and smack ourselves, would have chosen Oden over Durant. It was almost a no brainer. Sometimes no brainers don't pan out... My question is: What if no one had defied the odds in 2007. What if the draft order was set as the odds had predicted:
Would the picks have fallen the same way?
Let's assume the top 6 teams picks remained the same, in whatever order but by the time we were up to pick Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Mike Conley, Jeff Green and Yi Jianlian were all gone. Of the remaining players, who would/should we have picked and how do you see Portland having done with them?
Reminder: Players left at number 7 included the following (also bear in mind that we acquired the rights to #24 [Rudy Fernandez] in that draft, so lets assume no player taken AFTER #24 [sorry Marc Gasol]):
Corey Brewer, Brandan Wright, Joakim Noah, Spencer Hawes, Acie Law, Thaddeus Young, Julian Wright, Al Thornton, Rodney Stuckey, Nick Young, Sean Williams, Marco Belinelli, Javaris Crittenton, Jason Smith, Daequan Cook, Jared Dudley and Wilson Chandler.