Remember Greg Oden? He was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State University for the Portland Trailblazers. He was selected before Kevin Durant.
It’s no secret that the Wizards have struggled to find a long term option at center for what seems like more than 30 years. The team has found talent, but they’ve either traded that talent away, had that talent be injured, or that talent remained inconsistent and never developed into a long term starter.
It’s also no secret that Oden has a history of injuries with his legs, as has Nene, but the former Big Ten standout is still only 25. However, former Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas recently said Greg Oden has been training vigorously and looks unbelievable in workouts. In all likelihood, because of his injury history, Oden could be signed for a minimal contract.
Now, Oden certainly shouldn’t be expected to be the same player he was coming out of Ohio State but he could be a valuable big man off the bench to a team that could use one. During his injury plagued years with the Trailblazers, Oden averaged 9.4 points and grabbed 7.4 boards a game. One thing that Oden would immediately bring is a shot blocker and intimidator to the paint, assuming he is healthy enough to play of course. While in Portland, he averaged 1.4 blocks per game.
All things considered, Oden could be the long term answer to the Washington Wizards need for a big. Due diligence — not one of Washington’s strong suits when it comes to players with knee injuries — should be performed, but I think the Wizards should pursue Greg Oden and see if he can be healthy enough to contribute as a reserve to Emeka Okafor.