Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 6/1/12
It is not a secret that every single Portland Trail Blazers’ fan out there is watching someone else's team in the playoffs, or perhaps not at all. What is a secret, to the men and women over at One Center Court anyway, is how those teams have succeeded where Portland has failed for more than a decade. Oklahoma City (formerly Seattle), and the San Antonio Spurs, have both demonstrated how to build a team organically – meaning through the draft. The core of OKC in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were all high first round draft picks, and they have leaned on each other to grow. A solid nucleus with plenty of supporting talent in Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka, and Kendrick Perkins have left the Thunder with  multitude of talent and little experience. Prior to last season, only Perkins had gone to the conference finals and beyond, while the rest of the team struggled with the concept of a winning record. Despite lacking a trip to the NBA Finals as of yet,, they are...
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