June 28, 2007

The NBA Draft is here!

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

That night that’s been the focus of most NBA fans since San Antonio won the championship against Phoenix has finally arrived. Experts are calling this year’s edition the deepest in recent memory and even a casual college basketball fan could tell that just by looking at the names being thrown around in the top-12 area.

While there is a fairly good debate over who should go first overall, it really depends on what school of thought you’re into.

On one side, there’s the seven-foot who’s a monster on defense, can score in the paint and has a huge presence. There is no doubt that Greg Oden will be a franchise centre and can be a team’s centre piece for years upon years to come. Centres like Oden will win you championships more often than a high scoring swingman.

But, when they high scoring wingman has a limitless ceiling like Kevin Durant does, who knows where he’ll take you. After wowing everyone in North America with his amazing talent and versatility last season, he propelled himself into the rarefied air that Oden was occupying.

There’s no doubt that both of these guys are destined for superstardom, unlike the top players of the last few drafts. Both men will be shock and awe the Pacific Northwest for many years to come, but, if it were up to me, Oden’s my man.

The player I’m really curious about is, my boy, Arron Afflalo of UCLA. I’ve seen mock drafts putting him in the early twenties and some in the early second-round. Wherever he, goes, I’m cheering.

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