It’s still a question of Oden or Durant, though Oden seems to have taken the lead. For now I’m going to go with Durant as #1, because he’s a better fit in Portland the way the team is currently set up. It’s more than those 2 though. This looks like it will be the best draft since ’96 and has a chance to be the best ever. This draft is so good, it has the potential to turn the league upside down in a year or two. Considering the NBA’s current group of elite teams are either aging or only marginally elite by historical standards to begin with and that there are several teams in the lottery with decent young talent in need of nothing more than a final piece and some direction I expect this draft to shake up the league no later than 2009. Another thing the lottery may have down is balance the conferences for upcoming decade. The East has added a better haul of young players over the past four drafts. With Oden and Durant headed to the Pacific Northwest, the West has pretty much evened things up, which I see as a good thing for the league.
This mock is based on nothing more than my opinion of this group of prospects at the time of the lottery and team needs. My opinion will change some by draft day, but not too much.