Former Ohio State standout and #1 overall NBA Draft pick, Greg Oden decided which NBA team he chose to sign a contact. He’s going to the back-to-back NBA Champion Miami Heat.
Even though Oden has only played 82 NBA games and had three microfracture on his knees, teams were still drooling over him. The San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat were the three front-runners to sign him.
Time will tell how much Oden can contribute to a team, but his two-year minimum contract is a no-risk deal for any NBA team. If he can play a few minutes a game, he can help bolster Miami’s weak front court.
Brandon Roy, Oden’s teammate in Portland, tried to come back last season from similar knee surgeries, but only played a handful of games with Minnesota after signing with them last offseason. His knees couldn’t hold up to the daily grind of the NBA season. He was released by Minnesota and it doesn’t look likely that he will play in the NBA again.
We wish Oden the best and want him to succeed, but the smart money is Oden wears a suit on the sideline for most of the season.
(My MS Paint skills are still on point. Expect many more photos edited in MS Paint in the near future…they make me laugh.)
You can’t really judge any professional sports draft until after three years. I have done “NBA Draft Re-Do” posts since the 2005 Draft and they are always eye-opening. When you start to weed out the busts and players that never achieve their potential due to injury, sometimes you’re left with mixed bag. This year was not different, luckily I didn’t have to add Josh McRoberts as a potential NBA Lottery pick, that would have been ugly. Does Greg Oden even make the cut? Here is my 2007 NBA Draft Lottery, if the draft were held today.
After taking out guys like Brendan Wright, Acie Law, Spencer Hawes, and Yi Jianlian from the draft, after pick #6, it starts to get ugly, you have been warned. Continue reading →