Monday, July 15, 2013

Greg Oden Two Dunks Against Chicago

Greg Oden throws down two dunks against the Bulls.

Greg Oden was the number one pick ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA draft.  He has definitely not lived up to the hype of the number one pick as he has only appeared in 82 total games.  Over those 82 games he averaged a respectable 9.4 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 1.4 blocks per game all while playing only an average of 22 minutes per game.  

After not playing for two years because of three microsurgeries on his knee Greg Oden is trying to make a comeback as a fee agent.  Several teams are looking to add him including: the Heat, Spurs, Pelicans, and Kings.  The biggest question all these teams will have is his inability to stay healthy.  Oden is still only 25 so if he can stay healthy he could contribute long term.

As a member of the Heat Oden could add a rebounding ability that no one on their team currently really possesses as well as a rim protector.  Oden would come off the bench and could help them win another championship.

On the Spurs Oden would be a backup for Splitter and could eventually take his spot if he proves he can stay healthy and perform at a high level still.  He could then take over for Duncan too when he retires.

The Pelicans could be looking to add Oden and instantly start him as they do not have a good center since they traded Robin Lopez.  This might be too much pressure for Oden and we don't know if he knees could take 30 minutes a night.

In Sacramento Oden would not be needed to start instantly because of Cousins, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, and Patrick Patterson have all been successful starters in this league.  However, he could be moved into the starting lineup and Cousins could be slid to power Forward for a huge starting 4 and 5 combo that could work out nicely.