NBA Draft History: Greg Oden and Other “Big” Time Draft Busts

November 13th, 2010 by Kris Hughes Leave a reply »
Over the course of NBA history, owners and general managers consistently attempt to build their teams around a center or power forward, even though this strategy has proven to be unsuccessful for the most part. This article will examine three high profile bigs which have become legendary for lack of success, injury-prone careers and generally becoming a resource drain on the teams that drafted them.

The biggest draft failure that comes to mind in recent history is current Portland Trailblazers center Greg Oden.


Greg Oden

By almost all accounts, Greg Oden was believed to be the next great center coming out of high school to play at Ohio State University. Oden dominated the helpless high school competition as a prep superstar at Lawrence North in Indianapolis, Indiana with his combination of size and strength.

College coaches across the country targeted Oden from the eighth grade as the piece which could carry their program through to a run at the National Championship. He was dubbed by Steve Kerr early in his career as being a "once-in-a-decade" talent, a game changer who could instantly take a team to the next level ...

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