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What If The Blazers Landed The No. 1 Pick?

It’s been 15 years since the Blazers picked first.

2007 NBA Draft Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s been 15 years since the Portland Trail Blazers were on the clock to start the NBA Draft.

And with that pick, the Blazers made one of the biggest draft blunders in NBA history, selecting Greg Oden over Kevin Durant.

Oden was also labeled as a “can’t miss” prospect much like Durant and in 2007, bigs were seen as far more important than wings or unicorn-like players like Durant.

The Blazers have not had a better chance to land the top pick since 2007 than they do this year. Their nine percent odds rank sixth in the league behind the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers.

But in this draft, there isn’t a consensus No. 1 pick, which could prompt the Blazers to use their selection as a bargaining chip to acquire more picks or more veteran players surrounded by Damian Lillard.

So, BE community, let’s make you the general manager here. What would you do with the top overall pick?


What would you do with the No. 1 pick?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Draft Paolo Banchero
    (513 votes)
  • 9%
    Draft Chet Holmgren
    (217 votes)
  • 44%
    Draft Jabari Smith
    (1002 votes)
  • 10%
    Trade down in the draft
    (236 votes)
  • 12%
    Trade for a veteran
    (272 votes)
2240 votes total Vote Now