Cohen 8-Ball: If There Were No Draft Lottery

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Josh Cohen’s Analysis (Jan. 26, 2014): Greg Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell, but serious knee problems immediately derailed and crushed his career.

The city of Portland celebrated its 2007 NBA Draft Lottery victory. But not before long, regret for taking Oden over Kevin Durant consumed Blazer nation. Reality is, whoever won that lottery was picking Oden over Durant. If there were no draft lottery, Oden would have been the disaster of….

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