Cohen 8-Ball: If There Were No Draft Lottery

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Josh Cohen’s Analysis (Jan. 26, 2014): Initially devastated, now remarkably relieved. The Memphis Grizzlies had the league’s worst record in 2006-07 and fans in that region were chanting “We Want Oden” late that year.

Not only did the Grizzlies not get the No. 1 pick, they fell all the way down to No. 4. Somewhat fascinating, Memphis picked Oden’s childhood friend and teammate, Mike Conley.

Whew for Memphis! Then again, who knows; maybe Oden's career would have been revitalized somewhere other than Portland.

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