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Oden is ready defensively right now, but I'll be surprised if he averages more than 15 a game for the first few years he's in the league. He also is not a go-to scorer. There's also nothing to indicate that he will develop into one.
I would consider his playing through this wrist injury thing while developing his off hand to an excellent degree as proof that this kid WILL work hard enough to develop his game.
It will come.
A lot of if's here but draft Oden, trade O'Neal for a young stud 2 guard (Kevin Martin like) and a 1st round draft choice (to go after a Law IV type). You would have a very young group of players..
to build into a strong team down the road. This is a big gamble but most people here say we move to slow anyway. IF these players reach the ceiling that some think that they will, it will be a great team in the future. The young-uns would take their lumps for a while though. Any player would be expendable on the current team except the ones listed above and
Foster (great type for the youngs to be with hustle/unselfish)
Dunleavy (contract to big/ unselfish)
Murphy (contract to big)
Daniels (good backup)
Baston (cheap backup)
When I look at Durant I see the player Donnie Walsh thought JB was going to be.Both guys who have poweforward hieght but have shooting guard type skills.He also has the exact same build as Bender does and that would bother me if I was picking him in the draft.Can he hold up physically? Can he effectively add wieght to his frame?I think alot of Benders injury problems were due to the fact that his frame couldn't handle all the wieght he put on.With all that being said I think he will be a star at the smallforward position but much more of a risk then Oden who I think is just a monster and will be a franchise center for the next 15 years.