December 29, 2009

Chad Ford Ranks Oden 9th Worst Pick of Decade

I'm not sure this comes as much of a surprise, but NBA insiders in general feel that Oden can now be considered a bust. He hasn't played but one of his three NBA seasons and everything surrounding his career remains filled with major questions.

As someone who vehemently expressed support for the "Draft Durant" brigade, I'll just keep my comments to myself.

Here is the clip from Ford via ESPN Insider...
9. Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers, No. 1 overall in 2007 -- over Kevin Durant

This may be very premature, but after Oden went down with his second season-ending injury, the question has to be asked: Did the Blazers blow it when they drafted Oden over Kevin Durant?

The short-term answer is a definitive yes. Durant has turned into one of the most dominating scorers in the game. Oden, by the time the season is over, will have missed two of his first three seasons with injuries.

The long-term answer is a little harder to ascertain. Oden was beginning to look worthy of that No. 1 pick early this season before the injury. If he can find a way to stay healthy, he still has the size and defensive instincts to be a great NBA center. But with so many questions swirling around his long-term health, it's becoming impossible to justify picking Oden over Durant.
And Darko Milicic ranked in as the worst pick of the decade for those of you without an Insider account.

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