Another swing at Greg Oden – star that wasn’t meant to be

greg-odenGreg Oden is now part of the NBA history. Specifically of those NBA players, who left behind years of injuries and unfulfilled potential.

Portland Trailblazers have a history of drafting such players (they took Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan), and back in 2007 the team overlooked a guy named Kevin Durant and took Greg Oden. The gamble didn’t pay off.

The rest is well documented – Oden never reached his NBA potential and was soon a forgotten star.

This forgotten star has recently been reminded of, when the Portland Trailblazers team apologized to Kevin Durant on Twitter for not picking him back in 2007 during the draft.

As for Oden, he missed the entire 2007-08 season due to knee surgery, the beginning of what would be a lost career due to injuries.

Oden played just 82 games for Portland out of 164 in two seasons, averaging 9.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He didn’t play the next three years. Oden then landed a spot on Miami Heat, and played 23 games with them during the 2013-2014 season, averaging 2.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg.

Overall, he played three seasons in the NBA, appearing in 105 regular season games, holding career averages of 8.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 19.3 mpg.


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