The Blazers IF?
Here is something crazy for everyone to think about.
The Blazers are solid right now.. Slowing coming back into the fold as a nice team with good pices. Nice rookie and a solid core.
Try to answer this question:
How good would the Blazers be this season IF Oden and Roy never get hurt??
Think about this.. Roy was the 3rd best SG in the league the year before his knees gave out. He was a consistant 20,5,5 guy and when he wanted to be, he was almost unguardable.
Oden was a manchild. All the hype about Drummond is nothing compared to what Oden had.. Without bad knees, Oden would be talked about as the best Center in the league along with Dwight Howard. This Blazer front office had done a great job drafting and putting a team togther to win a championship but injuries screwed them over. Look at this potiental lineup:
PG: Raymond Felton - Signed to play with Roy and would have been a great fit.
SG: Brandon Roy - 20-25 points a night
SF: Nicholas Batum - Defensive stopper and great shooter
PF: Lamarcus Aldridge - Great PF but hard to predict numbers if Oden never goes down.
C: Greg Oden - Unreal and impossible to predict but he would have been crazy.
Add that a couple of years ago they had Camby and Andre Miller which would of made a great team........
In reality it all comes down to the $$ and FA, so I am sure 1 or 2 of them would of left.
Yes it is nice to ponder how successful they would have been, you could also think about a what if - what if they took durant over oden....
Oden isn't a manchild, he had a good basketball IQ, Bynum and Howard is a Man Child
Oden was even compared to bill russell, when he played before his recent injuries, he was averaging near double double with limited minutes, and that is why the trailblazers are still holding to him, and that was why he was drafted ahead of the durant, he was a once in a generation center
What do you mean the Blazers are still holding to him? He was released ages ago?
Wasnt a manchild?? He had a better body at 19 than Bynum or Howard at 19..
sorry, i have a different meaning for manchild
I've posted this exact same question a couple weeks ago, I believe they could've had their own big three with Roy, Oden, and Aldrige. Throw in guys like batum, Mathews, Miller, Blake, Pryzbilla, Bayless, Fernandez, and Howard and you've got a championship caliber team. Look at the Portland trailblazers 2009-2010 NBA roster and tell me that it could've been one of the greates teams that decade. http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/one-greatest-team-their-never-was
Every true fan knows this. Is one of the greatest unsolved basketball mysteries... How good could've they been?
IF not for his injuries, there's a very high chance Oden would've become the best center in basketball.
And Roy was a player I was VERY high on. I thought he was the second most complete two guard in the game behind Kobe Bryant at the offensive end.
With Aldridge, a player who can play high or low, I think this team would've won championships. It'd be hard to think of a frontcourt better than Oden and Aldridge. IF you look at all of them, they ALL complemented each other well. Roy had to learn how to play without the ball, but I think he'd have figured it out.
I smh at what could've been.
Roy was one of the best SG's in the league outside of Kobe and D-Wade. With Aldridge now a 21ppg guy, add in the support scoring from Batum and Oden plus the defence that Oden would have provided. I would say that team compares well to the current Thunder team, so that would be where I would have seen this line up.
IF they had had a healthy Roy and Odom, they would not have had LA or Lillard at this juncture
Aldrige was drafted before Oden, so what are you talking about?
They would probably be at the top of the west with OKC.