On Oden: Dominant centers are rare in the NBA, and Oden is the first can’t-miss, high-profile big man since Yao Ming in 2002. Scouts compare him to Bill Russell (11 championships), David Robinson (two championships) and Hakeem Olajuwon (two championships). Sense a theme?
On Durant: His mobility and quickness make Durant’s game look effortless, and his decision-making will help him transition to the NBA right away. Scouts see a unique blend of Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady. Plus, the last high-profile swingman Portland passed on (Michael Jordan) for a big man (Sam Bowie) haunted it for years.
Who will go No. 1? Oden: Most fans predict Oden to go No. 1. Oden thinks he will, too. He visited with Seattle but did not bother working out. Durant’s strength (he reportedly couldn’t bench 185 pounds) will improve, and he will become a star, but big men win championships: Seven of the last eight championships have been won by either Tim Duncan or Shaquille O'Neal.
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