Defense Is What Separates Young Thunder from Young Blazers

Posted: 4th November 2009 by Taylor Smith in NBA
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder have each been heralded in recent years as "the future of the NBA." Each team boasts several young, rising star players. Portland has Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, Jerryd Bayless, and Greg Oden. Oklahoma City has Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, and James Harden. The Blazers were able to start building their core earlier, and, as a result, are already talking about NBA championship aspirations. The Thunder, thanks to some high draft picks and some shrewd general managing by Sam Presti, look as though they'll be a team to be reckoned with for quite some time. So, with so many budding stars on each side, which team is better off? I think Oklahoma City has a brighter future ahea ...

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