After watching KD blow up for yet another spectacular performance against the Clippers Friday night (46 points, 15 rebounds on 24-26 from the FT line) I can't help but wonder WHAT IF Portland drafted Durant instead of Greg Oden with the number 1 pick in the 2007 draft. Through no fault of his own, Oden has yet to make any real impact (especially for a number 1 pick) in the NBA. Even still, it doesn't appear that Oden is likely to even come close to the potential that Durant is displaying this season. KD is already one of the league's top scorers, and looks on his way to being THE premier scorer in the league. With that said, here's what Portland's starting lineup COULD have looked like if Durant was chosen instead of Oden:
Roy, Fernandez, Durant, Randolph, Aldridge.
With Bayless, Batum and Outlaw rounding out the 8 man rotation. (Eventually Bayless could probably run the point with Fernandez coming off the bench as the 6th man alla Manu Ginobili)
Sure it would have taken some fancy financial footwork by Kevin Pritchard to keep this team under the cap for any length of time, but hey if Ainge can do it with 3 hall of famers, why can't Portland. this lineup would be an absolute contendor THIS YEAR in my opinion, and a potential dynasty in the making. Portland still has an amazing future and could quite possibly become a championship contendor, however one has to wonder what could have been...