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07-05-2012, 08:00 AM
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Simply to play the devil's advocate...

While everybody says the team needs do the Oklahoma City thing and suck bad enough to draft higher in the lottery, nobody seems to remember what happened to Portland. Portland basically went through the exact thing the Thunder did, and have absolutely nothing to show for it now.

2005: 3rd overall pick (Deron Williams) traded to Jazz for 6th overall pick (Martell Webster), also drafted 27th overall (Linus Kleiza
2006: Had the worse record of all but lost the lottery and picked 6th overall (Brandon Roy). Traded for 2nd overall pick (Lamarcus Aldridge). Also drafted 30th (Joel Freeland) and 31st (James White)
2007: 1st overall pick (Greg Oden)

Of all the players they drafted in 3 years of being one of the WORST teams in basketball, only Lamarcus Aldridge remains on their roster now. Granted he's a very valuable commodity, but the history shows that Portland tried to do the "Oklahoma"-model build before the Thunder did it, and failed miserably.

If the Raps "tank" and go for top picks, becoming the Trailblazers is just as likely as becoming the Thunder.

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