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Some Positive for Oden from Thorpe (ESPN)

I dont think i have heard anyone compare Oden to Horford, but this is a great little synopsis by David Thorpe who puts Oden at #7:

 

This slimmer version of Oden is starting to make an impact already. He's third among all rookies in PER, and is the best defensive rebounder and second-best offensive rebounder of the class.

He is also craftier on offense than he gets credit for, using patience and some slight shoulder feints to create better angles for finishing. And he is a long way from figuring it out, which is scary to consider.

Remember how everyone was so impressed with how Al Horford started the season last year? Horford's 8.7 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game last November tagged him as the big man to watch in the coming years. Oden is at 8.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg, but is playing 12 minutes per game fewer than Horford did. Add in Oden's 1.67 blocks per game (almost double what Al did last year: 0.94), and then consider he's 18 months younger than Big Al, and it's more than possible that Oden will grow to be as special a player as the hype suggested

 

 

Very interesting comparison, i like that.

 

Just interesting, what do you think about comparing Oden to Horford???

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