Greg Oden To Miss Another Season Due to Injury – Is He The Biggest NBA Bust of All-Time?
Greg Oden is doing his best Sam Bowie impression.
Bowie, who was famously chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers back in 1984 with the no. 2 pick overall – one pick before Michael Jordan – suffered through an injury-riddled career and never fulfilled his potential. Jordan, as we all know, went on to be a fairly solid NBA player.
Well, with Deadspin breaking the news that the Blazers’ constantly injured no. 1 overall pick will once again miss another season – the Bowie comparisons are slowly becoming valid.
The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Kevin Durant with the no. 2 overall pick in the 2007 draft. Last season, he overtook LeBron James as the NBA’s scoring leader and probably it’s most feared offensive player.
Oden has played 82 games in four years.
He’s more famous for blowing up the internet when he displayed his mammoth private parts via cellphone for the world to see. his on-court performance has been less impressive.
His career averages? 9.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.4 BPG. Respectable numbers for Anderson Varejao maybe. But then again, Varejao was a second rounder, not the no. 1 overall pick.
The bad news? Oden’s current right knee injury is entirely unrelated to the left patella injury that forced him to miss most of last season. The worse news? Unfortunately, it is the same injury that gave him some trouble at Ohio State and forced him to miss his entire rookie season.
With both Oden and fellow Blazers’ star Brandon Roy both dealing with potentially career ending knee problems, Portland’s once promising future is looking surprisingly bleak.
Always gotta question a player’s future when they look geriatric before even playing their first NBA game.
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