Monday, July 09, 2007

NY Times on Oden & Durant

New York Times has a recent article taking a look at the early growing pains for Kevin Durant and Greg Oden in the NBA Summer Leagues.


Durant’s first shot was blocked. Oden’s first defensive play drew a goaltending call. Durant finished with 18 points, but made only 5 of 17 shots in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

“It was tough,” said Durant, the second overall pick in the N.B.A. draft.

Oden had two big blocks in a loss to the Boston Celtics, but he had more fouls — 10, the maximum allowed — than points and rebounds combined.

Commentary: It is obvious both guys will have work to do in the offseason and when the season begins. Don't expect neither to be at an all-star level just yet. Many have compared Oden to a Tim Duncan type, but remember Tim Duncan had the Admiral, David Robinson when he started playing and when he earned his 1st title. Oden and Durant don't exactly have that All-star and "50 Greatest" type player to train them, so they will be expected to fill big roles early.

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