Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Blazers win lotto, Sonics earn second pick

After much anticipation about which two NBA teams' futures will be changed for the next fifteen years, the results were announced live tonight regarding who will draft 1-14. Despite nearly
20-1 odds, the Portland Trail Blazers were able to defy the odds and earn the number one overall pick. They already have a bunch of good young players and a guy like Greg Oden, who I think the Blazers will choose, could vault them into the playoffs and maybe a team like the Lakers out. One interesting fact about the Blazers' representative, Brandon Roy, is that he was this year's Rookie of the Year. I guess if you don't have a good luck charm, just send out the rookie of the year.

The number two overall pick went to the Seattle SuperSonics, also a longshot to get a top two pick. They will likely select college player of the year Kevin Durant with that pick, possibly sending Rashard Lewis out since both are small forwards. Durant is regarded as the most complete perimeter big man since Kevin Garnett, and we all know what KG has meant to his team. This luck for the SuperSonics might also mean that they might be able to end speculation that they are moving out of Seattle.

The third pick in the draft went to the Atlanta Hawks, represented by Dominique Wilkins. Wilkens' lucky tie really did turn out lucky despite not earning a top two pick. With the third pick, the Hawks will not need to give their pick to the Phoenix Suns (picks 4-14 would have gone the the Suns as part of the Joe Johnson trade). The Hawks also got the Pacers' pick, number eleven, as part of the Al Harrington deal (if that pick was 4-14, it would have been the Pacers' pick).

Perhaps the biggest loser in the draft were the Boston Celtics, earning the number five overall pick. I believe that they tanked their season after their eighteen game losing streak in hopes of landing Oden or Durant, so now I guess that their season was a total waste. The Blazers or Sonics might be getting some very interesting trade offers, but I don't think either will accept anything the Celtics will offer them in exchange for one of the picks.

Here is the lottery order of the draft

1. Portland
2. Seattle
3. Atlanta
4. Memphis
5. Boston
6. Milwaukee
7. Minnesota
8. Charlotte
9. Chicago (from New York)
10. Sacramento
11. Atlanta (from Indiana)
12. Philadelphia
13. New Orleans
14. Los Angeles Clippers

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