- David Thorpe, ESPN Staff Writer
Even casual NBA fans know that this year's NBA Rookie of the Year race appears to be over before it starts, thanks to Greg Oden's injury coupled with Kevin Durant's golden opportunity to play a lot in Seattle.
True, even as special as Durant is, he probably wouldn't see as many minutes on an established team like Chicago or Detroit. But with the Sonics, Durant will get all the playing time and shots he can handle.
Consequently, we have a nine-horse race to "place," plus a few genuine dark horses for Durant's crown.
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