With the order of the first 14 picks now decided, let's take a light-hearted look at how things could shake out with the top talent available in the NBA Draft on June 28.
1. Trail Blazers C Greg Oden, Fr. Ohio State
Portland passes on chance to pair Longhorns Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge to form softest frontcourt duo in the league.
2. Sonics SF Kevin Durant, Fr. Texas
A bittersweet selection:
3. Hawks SF Corey Brewer, Jr. Florida
Atlanta is more than happy to stick with its game plan: ignore team needs and always — always — take a small forward.
4. Grizzlies PF Brandan Wright, Fr. N.
The Grizz had an enigmatic power forward named (Lorenzen) Wright for five seasons. Now they get his ideal replacement.
5. Celtics PF Yi Jianlian China
The Celtics have loads of unproven youth at every position. Now they get unproven international youth, just to cover all the bases.
6. Bucks PF Al Horford, Jr. Florida
The Bucks, who are almost NBA-ready, take the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft.
7. T’wolves F Julian Wright, So. Kansas
Minnesota needs a point guard and frontcourt power. It takes Wright and gets neither, instead settling for an underachiever with no true position.
8. Bobcats PF Joakim Noah, Jr. Florida
9. Bulls (from the Knicks) C Spencer Hawes, Fr. Washington
Chicago needs experience and veteran toughness, and you can’t find that in the draft. So when GMs don’t know what to do, they simply go big — in the worst way.
10. Kings PG Mike Conley Jr., Fr. Ohio State
Sacramento, no longer enamored with Mike Bibby, selects an undersized replacement who looked really good while Oden was being triple-teamed.
11. Hawks (from Indiana) SF Jeff
Green, Jr. Georgetown
Don’t act surprised.
12. 76ers PG Acie Law, Sr. Texas A&M
After years of dealing with Allen Iverson’s brushes with the law, Philadelphia sticks to the letter of the Law with Acie.
13. Hornets SF Thaddeus Young, Fr. Georgia Tech
New Orleans gets an athletically gifted player who can finish on the break to spare us the sight watching Peja Stojakovic hobble up and down the floor.
14. Clippers SG Nick Young, Jr. USC
The Clips save the scouting department lots of money by drafting a player from their own backyard.
-- Garza, Mavs Lite
Greg Oden could be the biggest thing in the Pacific Northwest since coffee, grunge and Microsoft.