Redrafting 2007: Durant is No. 1

Five years later, Portland gets a mulligan, OKC still looks strong

Updated: June 20, 2012, 12:29 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Kevin DurantAP Photo/Eric GayIf the 2007 draft could be redone today, Texas' Kevin Durant would be Portland's No. 1 pick.

They say that hindsight is 20/20. When it comes to 2007 NBA draft, whoever said that would be absolutely right.

At this time five years ago, people were debating whether Greg Oden would be the next Shaq or Bill Russell. While every scout and GM in the NBA loved Kevin Durant and he was the clear No. 2 pick, no one I spoke with before the draft would have taken him ahead of Oden.

Three debilitating injuries later, the Oden pick was a disaster for the Trail Blazers and a boon for the soon-to-be Oklahoma City Thunder.

What if we could go back in time and, knowing what we know now, redo the draft? Things would look very, very different.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider