As we look at some of the biggest “what if” moments Portland Trail Blazers history, many from the mid-2000s.
What if Greg Oden stays healthy?
What if the Blazers drafted Kevin Durant?
What if Brandon Roy stays healthy?
All of these factors, if they had gone as expected, could have led to the Blazers’ second title in franchise history.
According to Bleacher Report, the biggest “what if” in Blazers history comes at the top of 2007. NBA draft.
Bryant Knox, editor of Bleacher Report, said: “Oden’s career was quickly derailed by injury after it had been incredibly promising. “One day after the draft, thousands of Blazers fans Gathered downtown Around him. A few days later, the 20-year-old graced the cover ESPN The Magazineready to win’Like 15‘ Champions. But five years, 82 games and three microfracture surgeries down the road, the experiment is over. In the year On March 15, 2012, the Blazers waived Oden in a fire sale at the trade deadline. Three months later, Portland saw Durant dress up for the first time. NBA FinalsHe said.
Sure, the 2007 NBA Draft may have been the year the Blazers wanted to return, but Oden was the clear pick at No. 1 that year. It seemed like a great decision to take Oden, and it’s never been a two-horse race for that top pick. Oden had a more successful college career and the NBA was still leaning toward big men rather than pushing forwards like Durant.
Hindsight is 20/20, but sometimes you have to accept the past to move forward.