It has been a rough NBA career for Greg Oden.
Oden is one of the biggest draft busts of all time, as he was selected 1st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft, a pick before current NBA superstar Kevin Durant was chosen by the Seattle SuperSonics, now Oklahoma City Thunder.
Injuries have shortened his career, and using the word shortened might be an understatement. It is a rare occasion to see Greg Oden playing basketball in the NBA.
Nonetheless, the former Ohio State big man is attempting another comeback to the NBA. So far, he has gained at least two teams’ interest.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 20, 2015
The Charlotte Hornets worked out Greg Oden on Wednesday, and Oden will also work out for the Dallas Mavericks. In the spring, he worked with the Memphis Grizzlies.
What’s the likelihood that Oden comes back to the NBA and stays healthy throughout an entire season?
Zero. None. Not a chance.
Keep this in mind, throughout his career, Greg Oden has had 7 knee surgeries….SEVEN. With three of them being micro-fracture.
You have to give him props for not giving up on his dream of playing in the NBA, as most people probably would have given up a few years ago. But Oden has stuck with his dream, and is attempting another comeback.
Greg Oden last played with the Miami Heat in 2013-2014, but he was buried on the bench for most of the season, and never received much playing time in the playoffs.
We all wish Oden nothing but the best in his comeback attempt, as he potentially could be a Charlotte Hornet next season.
One thing the Hornets, and every other NBA team will be looking for is to see if Greg Oden is in game shape. Conditioning will be a huge factor in his comeback, along with the durability of his body to withstand injuries.