Revisiting the 2007 NBA Draft Class – Grades & Analysis: Do Kevin Durant and Al Horford departures re-write history?

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The 2007 NBA draft class is a legendary one. The infamous Durant vs Oden argument. Before we get into the dear diary of the 2007 NBA draft, lets list the order below:

NBA Draft Order: Each Draft Pick, College, & NBA Team

  1. Greg Oden (Ohio State) – Portland Trail Blazers
  2. Kevin Durant (Texas) – Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder)
  3. Al Horford (Florida) – Atlanta Hawks
  4. Mike Conley Jr. (Ohio State) – Memphis Grizzlies
  5. Jeff Green (Georgetown) – Boston Celtics (via trade with Seattle SuperSonics)
  6. Yi Jianlian (China) – Milwaukee Bucks
  7. Corey Brewer (Florida) – Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. Brandan Wright (North Carolina) – Charlotte Bobcats (via trade with Golden State Warriors)
  9. Joakim Noah (Florida) – Chicago Bulls
  10. Spencer Hawes (Washington) – Sacramento Kings (via trade with Atlanta Hawks)
  11. Acie Law IV (Texas A&M) – Atlanta Hawks (via trade with Indiana Pacers)
  12. Julian Wright (Kansas) – New Orleans Hornets
  13. Al Thornton (Florida State) – Los Angeles Clippers
  14. Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington) – Detroit Pistons
  15. Nick Young (USC) – Washington Wizards
  16. Thaddeus Young (Georgia Tech) – Philadelphia 76ers
  17. Marco Belinelli (Italy) – Golden State Warriors
  18. Wilson Chandler (DePaul) – New York Knicks
  19. Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech) – Los Angeles Lakers (via trade with Memphis Grizzlies)
  20. Jason Smith (Colorado State) – Miami Heat (via trade with Denver Nuggets)
  21. Daequan Cook (Ohio State) – Philadelphia 76ers (via trade with Orlando Magic)
  22. Jared Dudley (Boston College) – Charlotte Bobcats
  23. Carl Landry (Purdue) – Seattle SuperSonics (via trade with Houston Rockets)
  24. Aaron Brooks (Oregon) – Houston Rockets (via trade with Denver Nuggets)
  25. Morris Almond (Rice) – Utah Jazz
  26. Glen Davis (LSU) – Seattle SuperSonics (via trade with Boston Celtics)
  27. Petteri Koponen (Finland) – Philadelphia 76ers (via trade with Denver Nuggets)
  28. Gabe Pruitt (USC) – Boston Celtics
  29. Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh) – Chicago Bulls (via trade with Toronto Raptors)
  30. Rudy Fernandez (Spain) – Portland Trail Blazers (via trade with Phoenix Suns)

Let’s Revisit what exactly happened at this infamous draft from ’07. Never since Bowie or Olajuwon had we seen this a car crash of a draft decision in such slow motion. Surely the lessons of Bowie over Olajuwon would be learned, right?  Oden had a chance to be a top 10 all time center *drooling GM’s* everywhere start blushing. And yet, Durant seemed to possess a chance to become a top 10 all time player. 

Conjuring memories of their much-maligned Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan draft decision in the 1980s, the Portland Trail Blazers’ like-minded selection of injury-plagued big man Greg Oden over superstar small forward Kevin Durant with the top pick in the 2007 NBA Draft will forever live in infamy.

Oden’s career spanned…parts of three NBA seasons. Durant won an MVP award and four scoring titles while leading the Oklahoma City Thunder (still the Seattle Supersonics when they drafted him) to four appearances in the Western Conference Finals and one in the NBA Finals.

But a lot can happen in nine years, and although the Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks got great production out of their top 3 draft picks in 2007—Durant and big man Al Horford, respectively—they just lost both stars for nothing in free agency during the 2016 offseason. In that sense, the “winner” of the 2007 draft isn’t so clear-cut. In fact, if you look at today’s Trail Blazers, they’re in fairly similar shape as the Thunder despite choosing Oden over Durant.

Nine years later, we grade the top 10 picks of the 2007 NBA Draft, identify some hidden gems, and reflect on some lessons we learned. The big question: Do this summer’s free agency departures of Durant, Horford, and Joakim Noah “re-write” the history of good draft picks for their former teams?

2007 NBA DRAFT GRADES: TOP 10 PICKS

1. Portland Trail Blazers: Greg Oden

Grade: D

Why not an F for the Blazers here, given that Oden couldn’t stay on the court and the guy they passed up, Durant, at one time was considered an undisputed top-2 player in the league before the rise of Stephen Curry? Well, while you can blame Portland for choosing the wrong player in the Oden vs. Durant pre-draft debate, it wasn’t an outlandish selection at the time. The Blazers made the pick in an era—unlike today’s NBA—when elite big men were still presumed to be a ticket to the championship. So their pick doesn’t get the lowest-possible grade.

2. Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder): Kevin Durant

Grade: A

KD put Oklahoma City on the NBA map with career averages of 27.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Will his departure to the Golden State Warriors in free agency, in turn, crush OKC? The Thunder were able to extend fellow superstar Russell Westbrook’s contract this summer, thus maintaining some character from the Durant era and charting a new course for the franchise that might still lead to contender status down the road. As for the 2007 draft pick itself, although they’re now left with nothing, they got nine great years out of Durant.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Al Horford

Grade: A

Just like Durant, Horford left the only NBA team he ever knew this offseason after nine productive years—14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Those stats don’t really do Horford justice, as they don’t reveal his impact on defense, his development of an effective outside shot in recent years, and his broader contributions towards making the Hawks a perennial playoff team in the Eastern Conference. Despite Horford leaving for Boston, the Hawks—who replaced him at center with Dwight Howard—should remain a playoff team in the East. For that, they can thank the culture of success they built during the Horford era.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley, Jr.

Grade: A

Akin to Horford, Conley’s career stats with Memphis—13.6 points and 5.6 assists per game—don’t tell the whole story of his contributions to the franchise, which has found stability at the point guard spot and has become a perennial playoff team just like the Hawks. Unlike the Hawks with Horford and the Thunder with Durant, Memphis will benefit from further continuity from their successful 2007 draft pick after re-signing Conley to a long-term contract this offseason. The Grizzlies also deserve credit for being patient with Conley during a few leaner years for team and player alike earlier in his career, allowing Memphis to maximize its asset in the long run.

5. Boston Celtics: Jeff Green (traded to Seattle for Ray Allen)

Grade for Boston: A+

Grade for Seattle (now Oklahoma City): B+

This one gets a bit complicated. The Celtics drafted Green and then traded him as part of a package to get Ray Allen, who teamed with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to win a championship in the star trio’s first season together. Just for that one championship, the trade was well worth it for Boston, especially because Green—while not a bust—has never developed into a star. You also can’t blame the Thunder (then Supersonics) for that trade, given that Allen didn’t fit into the team’s youth/rebuilding movement at the time. Green had a few productive seasons as part of the Thunder’s core before they traded him—ironically, to Boston—for center Kendrick Perkins, who had an up-and-down tenure with OKC but was part of their team that reached the 2012 NBA Finals. A Finals appearance isn’t a championship, so the Celtics won the 2007 trade. The question for the Thunder is, could they have gotten more for Ray Allen?

6. Milwaukee Bucks: Yi Jianlian

Grade: D

Perhaps looking for the next Yao Ming, Milwaukee gambled on Chinese big man Yi, who only played one season for the Bucks and five seasons in the NBA (with career averages of 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game). A safer big man choice for Milwaukee in this draft could’ve been Joakim Noah, who was coming off back-to-back national championships with the Florida Gators, or even Spencer Hawes. They did display some courage with the Yi pick, so for that, they avoid an F grade.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Corey Brewer

Grade: B-

The lanky Brewer, though not a star, did turn into a good role player and defender at the swingman positions. Unfortunately for Minnesota, his skills were ultimately more valuable to a contender than to a rebuilding franchise. But when you look at the players selected after him, you can’t really say the Wolves missed out on much by choosing Brewer.

8. Charlotte Bobcats: Brandan Wright (traded to Golden State for Jason Richardson)

Grade for Charlotte: C

Grade for Golden State: C

In another trade within the 2007 draft’s top 10, both teams weren’t vastly affected. The Bobcats wanted an established scorer and got one in Richardson, though he didn’t translate into more wins and was traded again in just his second year with Charlotte. The Warriors, coming off an epic upset of the top-seeded Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, couldn’t find enough minutes and touches for all their wing scorers, so they dealt one of them for what they hoped would be added dimensions of defense and athleticism in their frontcourt. But Wright, the high-upside North Carolina product, could never stay healthy. You can’t blame either team for their logic in making the trade, but the move just didn’t move the needle for anyone.

9. Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah

Grade: A

Like Durant and Horford, Noah left the only team he had played for in free agency this summer. But also like Durant and Horford, he spent nine season as the heart and soul of a franchise. Chicago scored a couple of top seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but not a Finals appearance, during the Noah era—largely thanks to the center’s defensive intensity and all-around game. Like former Bulls teammate and now Knicks teammate Derrick Rose, Noah was eventually derailed by injuries. But his time with Chicago will be remembered fondly, and he was a good value pick at No. 9.

10. Sacramento Kings: Spencer Hawes

Grade: C+

The offensive-minded big man spent three mildly productive seasons in Sacramento (peaking at 11.4 points and 7 rebounds a game in year two) before the Kings traded him to Philadelphia. He has never averaged more than 13.5 points per game, but has improved his 3-point shot over time, making him a potential asset coming off the bench for contending teams. The center the Kings traded him for, Sam Dalembert, was an improvement on the defensive end but only spent one season in Sacramento. Perhaps the Kings could’ve gotten more out of the Hawes pick.

2007 NBA DRAFT PICK HIDDEN GEMS 

27. Arron Afflalo: The 3-and-D shooting guard started slow but has ended up with a productive career, averaging 11.6 points per game and 38.5 percent shooting from deep for five teams. Joined his sixth team, Sacramento, this offseason.

28. Tiago Splitter: In typical Spurs fashion, San Antonio found a solid international player with a relatively low draft pick. The Brazilian center started for the Spurs’ 2013-14 championship team, but was eventually traded to Atlanta to make room for the signing of LaMarcus Aldridge.

31. Carl Landry: This journeyman power forward can score—10.8 points in 22.5 minutes per game for his career—but has seen his relevance drop in recent years with losing teams in Sacramento and Philadelphia.

35. Glen Davis: “Big Baby” won a championship with Boston as a rookie and contributed to subsequent contending Celtics squads, including 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2010-11, before he was traded to Orlando for Brandon Bass in a lateral move for both teams. The rest of his career was plagued by injuries.

48. Marc Gasol: The true hidden gem of this draft was an afterthought while getting traded to Memphis as part of a package for his own brother, Pau. But the younger Gasol’s career is hardly an afterthought, as Marc developed into one of the best two-way centers in the league, a franchise cornerstone for the Grizzlies, and the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.

2007 NBA DRAFT ANALYSIS: LESSONS LEARNED

A good draft pick can change a franchise—even if the player eventually leaves

Durant (Thunder), Horford (Hawks), and Noah (Bulls) all left their teams in 2016 free agency, leaving the squads that drafted them with nothing in return. But they all gave their initial franchises nine solid years and changed the cultures of those teams for the better. The Thunder, Hawks, and Bulls are all better off for having those players—even in their current absence. In that sense, free agency departures years later don’t re-write the history of a good draft pick.

It’s no longer a big man’s league

What if Greg Oden actually stayed healthy? Would he have been the right pick over Durant? Doubtful. During Oden’s brief time on the court, he showed glimpses of potential, but nothing near the superstardom of KD. Durant, as it turns out, would have been a better pick for the Blazers not just because of his health, but because of his significance as an elite wing scorer in an era that has increasingly de-emphasized offensively challenged big men like Oden.

Time can heal the wounds of a bad draft pick

Yes, the Blazers were set back by choosing Oden over Durant, but nine years later they’re in essentially the same position as the team that scored KD. Portland weathered the free agency loss of LaMarcus Aldridge to make a surprising run to the second round of the playoffs this past season. Oklahoma City, coming off a Conference Finals appearance, lost Durant to Golden State and now actually seems to be in the same boat as Portland talent-wise. That being said, not picking Durant in 2007 is still a haunting “What if?” scenario for the Blazers.

Who was the best player from the NBA Draft? 

Unfortunately for the Blazers, we all know that it was NOT Greg Oden.

The best player from the 2007 NBA draft is widely considered to be Kevin Durant, who was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder). Durant has had a successful and illustrious career, winning numerous awards, including the NBA Rookie of the Year, four scoring titles, and the 2014 MVP award. He has also won two championships, one with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and another with the Brooklyn Nets in 2021.

What about the combine? Did NBA scouts learn anything from the 2007 NBA draft combine?

The 2007 NBA draft combine was a pre-draft showcase event for NBA prospects to showcase their skills and abilities in front of NBA team executives and coaches. The combine featured physical and athletic testing, including drills such as the vertical jump, lane agility, and 3-point shooting. It also included 5-on-5 games and individual interviews with teams. The 2007 draft class included notable players such as Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Mike Conley Jr.

The event took place from May 22nd to May 28th, 2007, in Orlando, Florida. During the event, players went through various drills, including the vertical jump, lane agility, and 3/4 court sprints, which helped measure their athleticism. They also had the opportunity to showcase their shooting, ball-handling, and passing skills in 5-on-5 games.

In addition to the physical testing, players also had interviews with NBA teams. This was an opportunity for teams to get to know the players better, both on and off the court. The interviews also allowed teams to gather more information about the players’ backgrounds, work ethic, and basketball IQ.

The 2007 NBA Draft Combine was an important event for many players as it provided them with a platform to showcase their skills and abilities in front of NBA teams. It was also a crucial event for NBA teams, as it helped them make informed decisions about which players to draft.

Trades that happened at the 2007 NBA draft
  • The Boston Celtics traded their fifth overall pick, Jeff Green, to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Ray Allen and the 35th overall pick.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers traded the rights to the fourth overall pick, Brandon Roy, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the rights to the sixth overall pick, Randy Foye, and the draft rights to the 35th overall pick, Sergio Rodriguez.
  • The Charlotte Bobcats traded the rights to the eighth overall pick, Brandan Wright, to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Jason Richardson.
  • The Orlando Magic traded the rights to the 15th overall pick, Courtney Lee, to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Vince Carter.

How does the 2007 draft compare to the drafts from: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009?

  • In comparison to the 2005 NBA Draft, it is considered to be stronger. The 2005 draft class produced fewer All-Stars and fewer players who have had long, successful careers in the league.
  • In comparison to the 2006 NBA Draft, it is considered to be on par. Both drafts produced a number of All-Stars and players who have had long, successful careers in the league.
  • In comparison to the 2008 NBA Draft, it is considered to be stronger. The 2008 draft class produced fewer All-Stars and fewer players who have had long, successful careers in the league.
  • In comparison to the 2009 NBA Draft, it is considered to be stronger. The 2009 draft class produced fewer All-Stars and fewer players who have had long, successful careers in the league.

A quick analysis of each team’s first round draft pick and their effect on the team’s performance in the 2007-2008 season:

  1. Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers) – Oden was considered to be a potential franchise player and the top prospect in the draft, but injuries limited his career and he never lived up to the expectations set for him. He played for the Blazers for two seasons before being waived in 2012.
  2. Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) – Durant is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the best scorers in NBA history. He played for the SuperSonics for one season before the team moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. He played for the Thunder for eight seasons before moving to the Golden State Warriors in 2016. He has won two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, and the regular season MVP award in 2014.
  3. Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) – Horford is a four-time NBA All-Star who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the Hawks for nine seasons before moving to the Boston Celtics in 2016. He has been considered as one of the best big men in the league, providing great defense and a solid scoring touch. Possible hall of famer.
  4. Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies) – Conley is a seven-time NBA All-Star who has been the Grizzlies’ starting point guard since he was drafted. He has been one of the most consistent point guards in the league, providing excellent leadership and great scoring and passing ability. He got a lot of money. Was above average for a few years; now just generic.
  5. Jeff Green (Boston Celtics) – Green was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics on draft night for Ray Allen. He played for the Oklahoma City Thunder for four seasons before moving to the Boston Celtics in 2011. He has been a solid role player throughout his career, providing scoring and versatility off the bench. Never became an All Star, but could play in big playoff games.
  6. Yi Jianlian (Milwaukee Bucks) – Jianlian never lived up to the expectations set for him after being selected as the sixth overall pick. He played for the Bucks for one season before moving to the New Jersey Nets. He also played for the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks before returning to China to continue his career. Or as Bill Simmons calls him, The Chairman, because he posted up against a chair during a workout. Based on his draft position, we think he scored against the chair.
  7. Corey Brewer (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Brewer has had a solid career as a role player in the league, providing defense and energy off the bench. He played for the Timberwolves for four seasons before moving to the Dallas Mavericks. He has also played for the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City Thunder. Fun player but feels like a dissapointment.
  8. Brandan Wright (Charlotte Bobcats) – Wright was traded to the Golden State Warriors on draft night for Jason Richardson. He has been a solid role player throughout his career, providing scoring and defense off the bench. He has played for the Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets. Would thrive in today’s NBA.
  9. Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) – Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star who has had a successful career as a defensive-minded center. He played for the Bulls for nine seasons before moving to the New York Knicks in 2016. He is known for his energy, intensity, and leadership.
  10. Spencer Hawes (Sacramento Kings) – Hawes has had a solid career as a role player, providing scoring, rebounding, and defense off the bench. He played for the Kings for three seasons before moving to the Philadelphia 76ers. He has also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Milwaukee Bucks.
  11. Acie Law IV (Atlanta Hawks) – Law had a solid college career but didn’t make much of an impact in the NBA. He played for the Hawks for two seasons before moving to the Golden State Warriors, where he played for one season. He also played for the Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Bobcats, and Memphis Grizzlies before finishing his career in Europe. His name was way better than his career.
  12. Julian Wright (New Orleans Hornets) – Wright never lived up to the expectations set for him after being selected as the twelfth overall pick. He played for the Hornets for two seasons before moving to the Toronto Raptors. He also played for the Kansas City Kings and Houston Rockets before finishing his career in Europe.
  13. Al Thornton (Los Angeles Clippers) – Thornton had a solid rookie season, but his career never took off. He played for the Clippers for three seasons before moving to the Washington Wizards. He also played for the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, and Denver Nuggets before finishing his career in Europe. Al can score when he tries.
  14. Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons) – Stuckey is a solid role player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the Pistons for seven seasons before moving to the Indiana Pacers. He also played for the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves before finishing his career in China. Reliable point guard, kept the game focused.
  15. Courtney Lee (Orlando Magic) – Lee is a solid role player who has had a successful career in the league. He was traded to the New Jersey Nets on draft night for Vince Carter, and played for the Nets for one season. He also played for the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets, and Dallas Mavericks. Shortcoming as a scorer.
  16. Nick Young (Washington Wizards) – Young is a solid role player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the Wizards for four seasons before moving to the Los Angeles Clippers. He also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, and Brooklyn Nets. Buffoon, immature, but won a ring with Steph.
  17. Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers) – Young is a solid role player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the 76ers for seven seasons before moving to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also played for the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls. Still playing. Can score a little.
  18. Javaris Crittenton (Los Angeles Lakers) – Crittenton never lived up to the expectations set for him after being selected as the 18th overall pick. He played for the Lakers for one season before moving to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he played for one season. He also played for the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats before finishing his career in China. He was later arrested and sentenced to 23 years in jail.
  19. Marco Belinelli (Golden State Warriors) – Belinelli is a solid role player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the Warriors for one season before moving to the Toronto Raptors. He also played for the New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, and San Antonio Spurs again. He could catch fire and give you 15 points in a quarter. The European Jannero Pargo.
  20. Jason Smith (Philadelphia 76ers) – Smith had a solid career as a role player, providing scoring, rebounding and defense off the bench. He played for the 76ers for two seasons before moving to the New Orleans Hornets. He also played for the Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.
  21. Jared Dudley (Charlotte Bobcats) – Dudley is an okay veteran player who has had a decent career in the league. He played for the Bobcats for two seasons before moving to the Phoenix Suns. He also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics before finishing his career with the Brooklyn Nets. He won a ring with the Lakers. He belonged in the YMCA.
  22. Morris Almond (Utah Jazz) – Almond never lived up to the expectations set for him after being selected as the 22nd overall pick. He played for the Jazz for one season before moving to the Washington Wizards, where he played for one season. He also played for the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets before finishing his career in Europe. Bust.
  23. Carl Landry (Houston Rockets) – Landry is an above average spot starter who has had a decently successful career in the league. He played for the Rockets for two seasons before moving to the Sacramento Kings. He also played for the Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Hornets, and Minnesota Timberwolves before finishing his career in China. He didn’t intimidate anyone. But he didn’t back down either.
  24. Glen Davis (Seattle SuperSonics) – Davis is a solid bench player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the SuperSonics for one season before the team moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. He played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and LA Clippers. He won a championship in 2008 with the Celtcs. But he was considered to be very annoying.
  25. Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks) – Sessions is a reliable role player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the Bucks for two seasons before moving to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards. Classic table setter point guard,
  26. Petteri Koponen (Philadelphia 76ers) – Koponen never played in the NBA. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks and then to the Portland Trail Blazers before returning to Europe to continue his career. The Mavs always have to have a convo with a European, see: Dirk, Luca.
  27. Taurean Green (Portland Trail Blazers) – Green never played in the NBA, he went back to Europe to continue his career.
  28. Gabe Pruitt (Boston Celtics) – Pruitt never lived up to the expectations set for him after being selected as the 28th overall pick. He played for the Celtics for two seasons before moving to the D-League. He also played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Iowa Energy, and Rio Grande Valley Vipers before finishing his career in Europe.
  29. Aaron Gray (Chicago Bulls) – Gray is a solid role player who has had a successful career in the league. He played for the Bulls for two seasons before moving to the New Orleans Hornets. He also played for the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons before finishing his career in Europe. Never got much respect.
  30. Giorgos Printezis (San Antonio Spurs) – Printezis never played in the NBA, he returned to Europe to continue his career. The Spurs WHIFFED on this one!

Any notable scandals or stories surrounding the 2007 draft? Final Takeaways?

There were several notable controversies and storylines surrounding the 2007 NBA draft. One of the most notable was the debate over whether Greg Oden or Kevin Durant should be selected first overall. Many experts believed that Oden, a 7-foot center from Ohio State, had the potential to be a dominant force in the league, but Durant, a small forward from Texas, had a more polished offensive game and was considered a better pure scorer. In the end, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Oden with the first overall pick, while the Seattle SuperSonics selected Durant second.

Another notable controversy surrounded the draft status of Chinese basketball player Yi Jianlian. There was some debate over whether Yi, who was considered one of the top prospects in the draft, would be able to make the transition to the NBA and live up to his potential. Ultimately, he was selected sixth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, but his NBA career was considered a disappointment.

Additionally, there were question marks around the readiness of some players in the draft, such as Al Horford, Jeff Green, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah, many of which turned out to be solid pro players. Green and Brewer never became stars. Noah stayed in Uni for an additional year and although he won the title he fell in the draft to #7 despite being projected to go #2 the year prior. His slipping in the draft was quite interesting, as he indeed went on to have a relatively elite NBA career.

Overall, the 2007 NBA draft was considered to be one of the more interesting and unpredictable in recent history!!

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