Brandon Roy

Cohen’s Analysis: When it was realized that Greg Oden would not be able to successfully overcome his knee problems, Portland handed the keys to Brandon Roy in hopes of recouping from its decision to pass on Kevin Durant with the first pick in the 2007 draft. For a while, it was functioning as desired. Roy was dazzlingly good for the Blazers – three consecutive All-Star appearances and three straight trips to the playoffs.

Somewhat suddenly, however, word got out that Roy was missing cartilage in both of his knees and surgery would be required. Before anyone could displace him as one of the premier shooting guards in the NBA, Roy was forced to retire. He tried to make a comeback in 2012 with the T-Wolves – ironically the franchise that traded him on draft night – but his deteriorated knees denied him from being effective.

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