NBA Draft: Oden Goes First, Durant Second

June 28, 2007

New York City (AP/Sports Overtime) -- There wasn't much drama in this year's NBA draft. The entire basketball world knew that Ohio State's Greg Oden and Texas' Kevin Durant would be the first two picks taken in this year's NBA draft. Question was: Who would go first.

Oden.

The Portland Trailblazers took the Buckeye 7-footer, putting the pressure on the 19-year old to lead the Blazers back to the NBA's promise land.

Seattle, with the second overall pick, then took the college player of the year Kevin Durant.

What a night it was for the Florida Gators. Three Gators went in the first nine picks, that's the first time one school has ever had three selections in the top ten. Al Horford went third to the Atlanta Hawks. Then, with the 7th overall pick, Minnesota selected forward Corey Brewer. Two picks later, Joakim Noah went to the Chicago Bulls.

The Memphis Grizzlies drafted guard Michael Conley Junior tonight in the NBA draft.

Conley, of Ohio State, was the fourth player selected in the draft.

The Grizzlies are looking for players to help them rebound from last season when they had the worst record in the league.

Conley, who left after his freshman year with the Buckeyes, settles into a spot where injuries to veteran Damon Stoudamire and rookie Kyle Lowry left Memphis short-handed last season.

Memphis likes Conley's defensive ability and court sense. He's explosive with the ball and is known as a good decision-maker on the floor -- key factors for a point guard.

The Grizzlies are hoping Conley brings more of a slashing quickness on the offensive end and the lateral movement to make him a good defender on the perimeter.


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