I still remember thinking and writing that I would have picked Greg Oden over Kevin Durant with the 1st pick. Their career paths are far from being determined, but all signs point to the fact that I would have picked poorly. It is only fair to point out that Ainge likely would have picked Durant.
SLAM Online has a long article on Durant. Here's the intro.
The signs keep coming. They probably started as soon as he came out of the womb, but it was too soon for anyone to know. Then, the world saw him in high school. They took notice in college. They were put on notice his rookie year. And anyone who wasn't convinced by the end of his sophomore campaign in the league needs some help. Kevin Durant is the real deal. He's continued to build his resume this summer-impressing at Team USA tryouts, dropping more than half a hundred in summer ball, and getting his rap career off the ground in a recent Nike ad. But don't expect him to celebrate these early accomplishments like we are. If his steady improvement is any sign, he has no desire to. On top of that, though, even if he wanted to celebrate, Durant still wouldn't (or, at least, shouldn't) be let into a bar. Now that's just frightening.
You know, the Thunder have the worst logo, bad uniforms, and I have no love for the way they left Seattle in a lurch. But you know what? They are building a nice nucleus around KD and that team could be very fun to watch in years to come (assuming they find a way to re-sign him after his rookie contract is up).