Blazers should have seen from their freshman years in college that Durant was clearly the better prospect. Oden had a pretty meh year at Ohio State and that was before becoming an egg.
I disagree. Oden was a first-team all-american and an undisputed stud at a position that has very few of them. His freshman year was very comparable to Shaq's freshman year at LSU and he compared reasonably well as a young center prospect to both Shaq and Tim Duncan.
It is easy to second guess the pick in hindsight now that we see where Oden and Durant each ended up. But assuming that Oden had a clean bill of health on draft day, he was a very worthy #1 pick, even ahead of Durant.