I never understood why the Blazers fan get upset or try to justify these things but
How come Portland Dealt Moses Malone?
Malone was 20 years old and just averaged 17-19 in the ABA
Why was Jordan not the 2nd pick in 84?
Dont tell me Clyde. A) His 2nd season and B) Could have been eaisly dealt for a solid big and maybe a 85 1st round pick ( which could have been Chris Mullen, Charles Oakley, Karl Malone)
Why was Chris Paul not the 3rd overall pick by Portland?
Portland dealt him for 3 1st rounders....Fair but Paul was the top player in that draft... Portland dealt Chris Paul ( or even Deron Williams) for Martell Webster, Linas Klezia and Joel Freeman.
Why was Kevin Durant not the 1st overall pick in 2008?
I have to ask. People always say " Both Roy and Durant need the ball...it won't work" No, it will work because players like Lebron and Wade love to have guys who can score opposite of them. I rather have
Bayless, Roy, Durant, Aldridge, Pryzbilla as my starting line with Darrel Arthur, Martell Webster, Big man X from FA, Rudy Fernandez, Steve Blake as my bench.
ALSO- Oden is damaged in the knees. I really don't care he's 21- Big men with Leg issues are not good.
what do you guys think?
Not sure about Malone, but the reason Jordan wans't picked was because of Clyde. Clyde was emerging as one of, if not the best SG in the league....I always wonder why we didn't take Paul...And Oden was picked because dominant big men do not come around often...
Portland management has made its mistakes, but they still got LA and Roy...I still have hope for Oden.
I think you could just say they got it wrong, they wouldn't be the first franchise.
Gregoden....Drexler played 1 season.
Micheal was the man coming out of college. Everyone knew it. Bobby Knight told Portland to take Jordan. They did not listen. They could have had Drexler & Jordan as your guards or a decade of
Jordan and Malone....u tell me whats better?
Durant dominated in college. Oden did well but was very raw. Like I said before...you rather have a line up of ( part of this is a projection):
Current Blazer Roster or
Webster, Arthur, Blake, Rudy...big man from FA with Claver on the way?
Sells itself to me.
It's easy to say that now, but at the time it was a much tougher decision...And Bobby Knight said to? WOW I GUESS YOU HAVE TO THAN! What a joke...
the blazers should've seen it coming by selecting bowie with the 2nd pick in 84. he was injury prone throughout college. he was great in high school but never delivered on his potential. jordan was a cold-blooded killer on the court at that point. those players don't come around often, even with clyde they should've took Jordan. no question about it
name one team that has made better picks in the draft in than last 5 years? Oden was the right pick, they just took a risk. Durant wouldnt have worked. If anything they should have taken horford but most teams saw him more as a 4 than a 5.
well you could probably make a list like this for every team in the league. Hindsight is 20/20. I wasn't watching during the malone or Jordan drafts, but Jordan turned out to be better then people expected by far. No one knew he waas gonna be the goat. I thought they made the irght choice with Oden over durant at the time, again most people felt oden was gonna be a dominant big man who could anchor the defense.
LMFAOOOOOO You're a jackass .......why you have to go in on missed opportunities
Shoulda woulda coulda. Nothing is guaranteed when you draft someone. You cant expect Blazer fans to be able to answer why Blazer management drafted people in the past and they turned out the way they did.
And to back up why the Blazers didn't draft Jordan; he couldn't shoot in college and that was a very big knock on him. Big men translate better in the NBA than guards do.
With one exception, I agree with those who essentially stated it's pretty easy, via hindsight, to say who should or should not have been drafted.
Having said that, there was one choice that I always thought was horrible and that was Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. Before the 1984 draft, everyone knew Jordan had the potential to be a great player while Sam Bowie was a 7 footer who essentially had no game. In other words it was the old, foolish advice to go for the guy with the height, even though everyone knew Jordan was a superior player.
What everyone leaves out of the discussion is the fact that even if Bowie was healthy all of his career, he wasn't very good to begin with. At best he was an above average center. There was no way he should have been the 2nd overall choice.
That brings me to the Oden vs Durrant choice. Even though I said BEFORE the draft that Portland should have gone with Durrant, it was very different than the Bowie - Jordan selection. Sam Bowie was a mediocre player while Greg Oden showed signs of being a dominant big man when he was at Ohio State. That made this choice far more difficult than the Bowie - Jordan selection.
Teams rarely have an opportunity to choose between the two best players in the country so they have to get it right, which means selecting the guy who is closer to being a sure thing. Even though I understood the choice of Oden, I liked Durrant for the following reasons:
1. Durrant was a sure fire super star on the horizon, he was very young, and he was a great kid.
2. It's very rare to find an elite scorer who is also a superior rebounder and Durrant was both during his freshman year at Texas. Guys like that don't come along very often.
3. Even though Oden showed signs of being a dominant big man, he had too many weak spots in his game. What made the Oden - Durrant choice tougher than merely choosing based upon their on court performance, was the fact that like Durrant, Oden was also a character guy.
well for jordan you have to remember the nba is far different now then back then, back then if you didn't have a great big man you were a bad team the only exceptions up to that point were magic and bird but both had great big men to go along with them (kareem/worthy and parish/mchale). today it seems stupid to take the big man but back then it makes sense. as for greg oden it wasn't really up to them, espn said a million times if you don't take him 1st your an idiot so they kinda gave into peer pressure.
the I in win, you're right in saying the NBA was more of a big man's game back in the eighties. On the other hand, some things never change and that's going for quality.
If you read my post above, you can agree or disagree when I said Bowie was nothing more than an above average center at Kentucky. He was a good player who's number one asset was his height.
The concept that never changes is almost always select the best player available. In this case, just about everyone knew before the draft that Michael Jordan had the potential to be a great player. You couldn't say that about Sam Bowie.