Sunday , Aug , 05 , 2007 Oly Sandor

NBA Rookies Favor Kevin Durant Over Greg Oden

Oden’s looks can be deceiving-at least in the minds of his peers. First year players picked Kevin Durant, not Oden, to win rookie of the year. They also believed Durant was more NBA ready and would play in more All-Star games …

NBA.com asked 44 rookies various questions about the upcoming season. The results from three questions were quite interesting: 

Who will be the 2007-8 Rookie of the Year?

                                                Votes/Pct.

1) Kevin Durant Seattle            23/53.5%.

2) Greg Oden   Portland             5/11.6%.

3) Corey Brewer Minnesota      2/4.7%.

Which rookie is most ready to contribute to right away?

                                                Votes/Pct.

1) Al Horford                13/29.5%.    

2) Kevin Durant Seattle          9/20.5%.      

3) Greg Oden Portland           8/18.2%. 

 
Which rookie will play in the most All-Star games before his career is over?

                                                Votes/Pct.

1) Kevin Durant Seattle       24/56%.   

2) Greg Oden   Portland      14/33%.    

My Quick Take: looks NBA ready. His wide frame and facial features resemble a veteran, not a baby-faced rookie. Oden, based on his physique and position, has been viewed as the rookie most likely to make an immediate impact next season.

Not every one agrees. Oden’s looks can be deceiving-at least in the minds of his peers. First year players picked , not Oden, to win rookie of the year. They also believed Durant was more NBA ready and would play in more All-Star games.

This is just a poll. There’s a reason rookies play and executives manage. However, players possess a feel for their sport. They have to. In some professional leagues, the players, as well as the media, select an MVP. I usually agree with the player’s selection.

Why would NBA rookies seem to favor Durant over Oden?

1) Oden struggled in his two summer league games. This does not mean he’s a bust. Far from it. The big post had tonsil problems and was worn out from the media circus leading up to the NBA Draft. Fair or not, his poor play has influenced how some view him.

2) Durant has a wonderful skill-set. His shooting percentage was a touch low in summer league, but he displayed a variety of interior and perimeter moves. The skinny 3-4 looks like the real deal.

This poll illustrates that Durant’s stock is on an upswing, while Oden’s had a tough summer. But July, August, and September means very little in the grand scheme of things. Tracking these two future stars should be fun.

Will Oden or Durant win rookie of the year? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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