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Oden done for season ... again

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by melock, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. melock

    melock Active Member

    Didn't see this anywhere else or in the NBA thread. Figured it deserved its own thread since the guy was the No. 1 pick three years ago, one spot ahead of Kevin Durant. I would have picked Oden then, too, since you'll never live down passing on a big guy who could become a star. And it's not as if Oden was injury prone in high school or college (except for a wrist injury).

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5819493
     
  2. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Sucks but I wouldn't have picked him #1. Never thought he had the offensive skills to be a dominant center. Thought his ceiling would be Okafor.
     
  3. Pilot

    Pilot Active Member

    Didn't he have two semi-serious injuries (handicapping, if not sidelining injuries) during his five-month stint as a college basketball player?
     
  4. melock

    melock Active Member

    I agree with that as far as his offensive skills go, but he was so good defensively that getting 12-15 ppg might have been good enough. Looks like we might never know.
     
  5. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    It would be more news-worthy if he stayed healthy for a season
     
  6. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    I loved Durant coming out of college, and I was never completely sold on Oden, but I understood why the Blazers took Oden No. 1. Tough to pass on someone who could completely change the complexion of the game on defense despite limited offense.
     
  7. melock

    melock Active Member

    Looks like he only had a wrist injury that he sustained in high school. Had surgery on it and missed beginning of 2006-07 at Ohio State.
     
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    LaRue Martin, Sam Bowie, Greg Oden.
    The Blazers sure know how to draft big men.
     
  9. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    Coming out of college he looked like he was going to be the closest thing we've seen to Bill Russel since the original - like Ewing seemed coming out. Durant was a great swingman, but you have one of those in every draft. I'll admit that I didn't watch much of them in college, but were you able to tell about Durant that he was that much better than the #1 pick in other drafts? I thought Oden was the pick at the time.
     
  10. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Spnited, Sam Bowie was the first person to come to mind when I heard this. Pretty bad when your best center over the past 20 years has been Kevin Duckworth. Don't forget Bill Walton couldn't stay healthy either.
     
  11. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Blazers' original draft fuck up:

    1972: LaRue Martin at No. 1 ahead of Bob McAdoo
     
  12. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    I was too young at the time - were people criticizing the Bowie pick at the time, or was it all hindsight?
     
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