BTA’s Race to the MVP: Week Three

December 8th, 2009 by Beyond the Arc Basketball Leave a reply »
The past few weeks in the league have been a mixture of high and low emotions. In a period of two weeks, we have seen a player retire and come back to the team that drafted him, a young player go down with yet another devastating injury, and a superstar who finds himself as the bad guy in a situation you don't often see in basketball.

Greg Oden has been hit with the fourth straight major injury of his young career. Each year he has shown signs of hope, but disappointed many as he goes down with another knee injury. It's pretty clear that he was elevating his game this year with the goal of being the dominant player he was expected to be. Even if the stats weren't there and the fouls were still something of an issue—he must be just about leading the league the last two seasons in ticky-tack and phantom fouls—his presence in the middle has been huge.

The reason not to panic is because Portland has a more than serviceable backup center in Joel Pryzbilla. It's a shame on a personal note; I was really rooting for Oden to have a breakout year. But Portland will still be a damn hard team to beat—you can't discount a team with Brandon Roy, Lamarcus Aldridge, and And ...

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