Dominant Presence: Why Greg Oden Will Be One of the Best 5 Centers in the League

October 30th, 2010 by Darko Mihajlovski Leave a reply »
There's a very short list of talented and young big men in the league, who cannot stay on the floor but are very valuable.

In 2007, with the No.1 draft pick, the Portland Trail Blazers chose a stud on defense named Greg Oden who was expected to use his size, athleticism and skills to dominate on defense in order to make his team a title contender.

To this point, Oden has shown that he can be what the Blazers need him to be, but his health is the biggest concern for their center's and franchise's future in this very competitive league.

Although so far his career has been plagued by injuries, when healthy Greg poses the ability to effect the game in a positive way with his shot blocking and rebounding. He is also great in other areas of defense and not just those two.

He showed that recently in the last season, where he played like every interior stopper should play, but his injuries stopped him from earning consideration in the award race. Statistics can prove that, he led the league in blocked shots and few other PER stats as well until he fell down.

What's impressive about Oden is, not only that he can contest shots ...

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