Portland gets first pick in NBA draft

May 22, 2007 at 10:38 PM
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SECAUCUS, N.J., May 22 (UPI) -- The Portland Trail Blazers won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday and will have the top pick June 28.

The Trail Blazers, who finished with a 32-50 record this past season, had just the sixth-best chance (5.3 percent) of winning the lottery, but beat the odds.

Portland has the opportunity to immediately improve its franchise by selecting Greg Oden of Ohio State or Texas' Kevin Durant.

The Seattle SuperSonics will pick second, followed by Atlanta, Memphis and Boston. The Grizzlies had the league's worst record (22-60) this past season.

Milwaukee got the sixth pick, followed by Minnesota, Charlotte, Chicago via New York, and Sacramento. Atlanta via Indiana, Philadelphia, New Orleans and the Los Angeles Clippers completed the field in the lottery.

By remaining in the third spot, the Atlanta Hawks now have two picks in the lottery.

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