Five reasons to take Greg Oden with the No. 1 pick

Ohio State center Greg Oden (along with teammates Mike Conley and Daequan Cook) is expected to declare for the NBA on Friday, ending months of anxiety by NBA executives and NBA fans who feared he might return to college.

Whewwwwwww . . .

Two weeks ago we gave you five reasons why Kevin Durant should be the No. 1 pick in the draft. I received a lot of feedback, both pro and con, including some from folks who thought I'd lost my mind.

Think again.

While the argument for Durant is persuasive, there might be even better reasons to take Oden with the top pick.

Here are five: