According to one prominent online survey, the player who should be selected first in next month's NBA Draft is "Other.” An NBA.com poll is asking visitors to make their No. 1 selection. They must choose among Kansas State forward Michael Beasley, Memphis guard Derrick Rose and Other. As of Monday night, Other held a comfortable lead with 42 percent of the vote. Beasley was next at 36 percent. Rose received the remaining 22 percent. Ask this same question a year ago, and Other might have been shut out. Last year was an "either-or” scenario. There was no Other. The No. 1 pick was going to be either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant. No poll necessary. Oden wound up being the top pick, but was lost for the season to a knee injury he suffered one month before training camp. Durant easily won rookie-of-the-year honors, yet somehow was not a unanimous selection for the all-rookie team. (The award was voted upon by the league's 30 league coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own player. This means one NBA coach was ignorant or biased enough to think Durant didn't rate among the top five rookies, proving that coaches also should be drug tested.) Though we anxiously await what Oden can do in the pros, future Oklahoma City resident Durant certainly was as good as advertised — perhaps better. Judging from the posted NBA.com poll, those participating in the survey evidently aren't enthralled with Beasley or Rose. Adding to the intrigue, there is no clear-cut projection at No. 3 this year. Today at 7 p.m. Oklahoma time, the NBA Draft Lottery will be held at the league offices in Secaucus, N.J., to determine the pecking order No. 1 through No. 14 for the June 26 draft. Oden-Durant arguably is the most blatant either-or scenario in NBA Draft history. Oden and Durant were clearly the top two prospects last year. More than a few scouts have claimed this year's draft is an either-or between Beasley and Rose. Following are other drafts that could be considered as an either-or. Teams with the first pick based their selection on need. But in some instances, a player taken much later in the draft wound up far more worthy as the No. 1 choice: 2004: C Dwight Howard or C Emeka Okafor. Correct answer: Howard (No. 1 by Orlando). 2003: G-F LeBron James or F Carmelo Anthony. Correct answer: James (No. 1 by Cleveland). 2000: F Kenyon Martin or C Stromile Swift. Correct answer: G Michael Redd (No. 43 overall by Milwaukee). 1999: F Elton Brand or G Steve Francis. Correct pick: Brand (No. 1 overall by Chicago). 1993: F Chris Webber or G Anfernee Hardaway. Correct pick: Webber (No. 1 by Orlando, traded to Golden State). 1992: C Shaquille O'Neal or C Alonzo Mourning. Correct pick: O'Neal (No. 1 by Orlando). 1989: F Pervis Ellison or F Danny Ferry. Correct pick: G Tim Hardaway (No. 14 by Golden State). 1986: C Brad Daugherty or G Len Bias. Correct pick: G Mark Price (No. 25 overall by Dallas). 1981: F Mark Aguirre or G Isiah Thomas. Correct pick: Thomas (No. 2 by Detroit). 1970: C Bob Lanier or G Pete Maravich. Correct pick: Lanier (No. 1 by Detroit). 1960: G Oscar Robertson or G Jerry West. Correct pick: Robertson (No. 1 by Cincinnati). 1954: G-F Frank Selvy or F Bob Pettit. Correct pick: Pettit (No. 2 by Milwaukee Hawks).