Greg Oden and Kevin Durant: How Could 2 Top Picks Go Such Different Directions?

November 18th, 2010 by Lance Pauker Leave a reply »
The signs were always there. It's just that nobody ever wanted to believe them. 

Hyped up to be biggest, baddest thing since Hakeem, Ewing and Mutombo combined, Gregory Wayne Oden Jr., the crown jewel of the markedly talented 2006 recruiting class, started his career at the Ohio State University and was ready to embark on the long, fulfilling road towards basketball greatness.

There was only one problem: He was injured. 

The signs were always there. It's just that not everyone wanted to believe them. Not yet, at least. 

A product of the greater Washington, D.C. area, Kevin Durant emerged king of one of basketball's most fertile developmental regions. Still growing into his spidery 6'9" frame, the Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year boldly stepped into the national spotlight as a McDonald's All-American. At the time, he was not the most physically imposing player. Not by a long shot.

There's no doubt, however, that Durant left quite an imprint on the minds of scouts, fans and general managers everywhere as his brilliant performance in the McDonald's All-American game (25 points in only 18 minutes) earn ...

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