Grizz get fourth pick in NBA draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers beat the odds and won the right to settle the Greg Oden-Kevin Durant debate, while the Memphis Grizzlies dropped to the fourth pick.

With just a 5.3 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick, the Blazers won the NBA's draft lottery Tuesday night, earning the right to draft a potential franchise player from what's considered to be a deep class.

Represented by Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy, the Blazers got a head start on landing next year's top rookie.

They will almost certainly choose between Oden, the Ohio State center, or Durant, Texas' high-scoring forward. Both players are likely headed to the Northwest, as Seattle also moved up into second.

Atlanta got the third pick - and needed it. Falling out of the top three would have meant sending the pick to Phoenix. Memphis and Boston, which had the worst records in the league and the best chance of landing in the top two, slipped to fourth and fifth, respectively.