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.