Greg Oden is a big dude. He’s seven feet tall andways more thaand fifty pounds. He was a beast in college, where he led his Ohio State Buckeyes to the title game where his squad fell short to Florida. He was an All-American center and a McDonald’s All-American in high school. But ever since his departure from Ohio State Oden has struggled to succeed.
Oden was the number one pick in the 2007 draft of the Portland Trail Blazers ,one pick ahead of Kevin Durant and we all know who has had a better career to this point. Durant has quickly become the second best players in the league where as Oden has only played 82 games in his whole career. Oden averages only two more points per game, seven, than knee surgeries he has had, five. Saying he has struggled to stay on the floor is an understatement. Oden has probably been seen more at the hospital than in NBA game action. And yet even with a major history with devastating knee injuries Oden is still attracting attention from NBA teams. This week multiple sources including CBS Sports and ESPN have reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are prepared to offer Oden a two-year offer with a third year option. Why would they do this? I am not trying to rip on Oden, but he can’t stay healthy and why would you throw money at a guy for more than one year even though he’s played the equivalent of one year, 82 games, in his whole career?
Many teams are interested in Oden such as the New Orleans, San Antonio, Charlotte, Indiana, Dallas, Boston, and Miami as well as Cleveland, but it is craziness for a team to sign this guy for more than one season. Out of all these options Miami and San Antonio make the most sense. He would only play minimal minutes and be relied upon solely for rebounding and defense. Miami and San Antonio will likely offer him the league minimum, but it is unlikely he signs with either of these clubs as it is expected that New Orleans, Charlotte, and Cleveland will offer a larger sum of money. Oden may eventually salvage a decent NBA career as a backup center, but no backup center should warrant this much interest.