The Miami Heat brought in Greg Oden for the 2013-14 NBA Season. Oden was mainly brought in to give the Heat a big body that could bang with the likes of the Indiana Pacers. The problem with Oden was that he barely had any time on the court due to his reoccurring knee problems. He was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland TrailBlazers.
When Oden was drafted, he had already had a little bit of history with being injured back in college while playing for Ohio State. Still, a big man of Oden's caliber doesn't come around often. With Kevin Durant in the same draft class, Oden was still drafted number one. When healthy for Portland, Oden was a productive player, however the key words there are, "when healthy." Oden missed the majority of his games playing for Portland due to knee issues and he was named as a bust by many, fair or unfair. He later found himself as a free agent as Portland had even washed their hands of the injury-prone player.
Soon, fans started to hear about Oden making a comeback to the NBA. How he had been working out and was determined to be back. Miami needed a big man who could help them with rebounding and who could possibly score from time to time. He eventually signed with the Heat and there was hope that he could find light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately for Oden, that would not be the case as he could not get on the court on a consistent basis and suffered from back issues that derailed him from being productive in the postseason as well.
When Oden's body is right, he is a very talented big man who can score and bring help on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, he has not been able to stay healthy and is once again a free agent. It would be a shame if this is how his career ends, suffering from a case of what could have been. Any team especially the Miami Heat could use his services and it will be interesting to see if there is a place for him on the roster. Only time will tell how his body holds up however.
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