Now that the Early Entry List has finally been released, Danny Ainge can finally discuss Oden and Durant and the draft. The Green Room has a small article with some of Ainge's early thoughts on the draft. He feels that both Durant and Oden are very talented players but that Oden's body is more NBA ready and that both players have great long term potential.
In spite of the many reports that if we don't get the first or second pick the pick will be traded, Danny doesn't feel that way.
"We think there’s more than two players in the draft. I know that sounds like the company line, but we have it narrowed down to 12 players at this stage that we think would be a great fit for the Celtics, that would make us a better team. We’ll narrow that down more. We like a lot of the guys in this draft and think that they can help us. ... They’re all ice cream, just different flavors. It is important that we make the right decision."
Ainge noted that every player in their top 12 are early entry candidates and all stand 6'7" or taller, so we are definitely going big. The Globe gives this list of possibilities:
So, think North Carolina forward Brandan Wright, Georgetown center Roy Hibbert, Florida forwards Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, and Al Horford, Kansas forward Julian Wright, Chinese center Yi Jianlian, Georgetown forward Jeff Green, Washington center Spencer Hawes, Colorado center Jason Smith or Georgia Tech forward Thaddeus Young in addition to Oden and Durant.
Danny was also on WEEI this afternoon and stated that he felt that Oden could have an immediate impact on the team. On Durant, he said that he is a terrific offensive player and plays decent defense and he noted that he is closer to 6'11" than the 6'9" that he has been listed at. He also mentioned Durant's 7'6" wing span.
Danny also mentioned that he really likes Yi Jianlian and Jeff Green. He said that he won't say who they would take if they had the #1 pick. With the early entry list released, and the lottery 19 days away, things should start heating up as far as draft talk. Check here for the latest information as it comes out.