Hello once again athletes!!!
Hey athletes, as you may know, Greg Oden has been getting some interest from teams, most notably the Miami Heat. Widely regarded as a bust when going 1st overall in the ’07 draft as he has been struck with some pretty serious injuries. Just remember back to his Ohio State days with teammate Mike Conley, he was a dominant force then. Steve Kerr called him “a once in a decade player”. But now, after multiple surgeries, will he be the same? Let’s check his stats when he happens to be healthy.
How good is Greg Oden when Healthy?
Before Greg Oden got drafted, People were comparing Oden’s skill set to NBA legends David Robinson and Bill Russell. Adding Naismith Prep Player of the Year & NCAA All-American First Team accomplishment to his resume before entering the NBA. People can call him a bust all they want, he was dominating at the college level. He had a NBA-Ready body to match up against some of the Centers in the NBA. These type of Big mans come every 10 years or so. I don’t blame the Blazers for Drafting Oden over Durant.
It was unfortunate that he got microfracture surgery on his knee before even playing a single game for the Blazers. He sat out the whole 2007-2008 season due to the surgery. The year after, Oden came back and played 61 Games for the Blazers, with a statline of 8.9 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.1 BPG and playing just under 22 minutes per game.
December of the 2009-2010 season, after playing just 21 games into the season, Greg Oden suffered yet another major knee injury. He underwent surgery for a fractured left patella and missed the rest of the season. Some call it injury-prone player, but I call it bad luck.
November of 2010, Greg Oden went under another microfracture surgery on his left knee ending his 2010-2011 season.
Greg Oden has played 82 games combined in his career. Breaking down his stats in those 82 games:
Per 36 Minutes:
- 15.3 PPG
- 11.9 RPG
- 2.3 BLK
- FG 58%
Only 1 player in the NBA had a stat line better than that since Oden was drafted. Dwight Howard.
So, in my opinion, Oden is definitely worth at the least a non-guaranteed deal to play and test out his knees and scrape some of the rust off. If you think differently, that’s completely fine. I just think he could be a serviceable bench player for a team that needs depth in the long run.
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