Art of the Day: What Could’ve Been With Steph, Kobe & KD
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I made the above video back in 2008 because I knew from the start the Trailblazers made an epic mistake by taking Greg “Benjamin Button” Oden over Kevin Durant. I also thought it was going to be a mistake on the level of the Hornets telling Kobe they had no use for him and sending him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. Although KD gave the Sonics/Thunder 9 great seasons, he never brought a championship to OKC, so I can’t say Blazres fans feel as bad as Hornets fans letting Kobe go. Plus, the Blazers are used to heartbreak and making bad draft decisions (thankfully they have Dame Lillard to ease the pain of picking Oden and watching Brandon Roy’s career end way too early).
2 years after the Blazers blunder of 2007, the TWolves made a pretty epic blunder when they drafted 2 point guards with their 5th and 6th pick and neither was named Steph Curry. Steph would end up being drafted by the Warriors at #7 since the Wolves picked Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. Rubio has been a decent and fun player; Flynn played just 4 years in the league with 3 different teams and of course, the last would be….the Portland Trailblazers. As for 2 x MVP Steph Curry, even when he had his ankle issues, he was still a better pick than Flynn.
What could’ve been!