I realize there has been a flurry of Batum stories, but I have adopted a wait and see attitude with him. However, he does seem like he's becoming very consistent. Also, please note that I doo support Oden and I'm confident that he will comeback from this freak injury and have a long basketball career. That being said, however . . .
One thing many people point to is the idea of 3 reliable scorers on a team with supporting role players in order to win a championship. Now, we drafted Greg to be one of our anchors on defense, with him growing into one of those 3 scorers. Of course, we all know he went down with the patella injury and caused many people to assume that we cannot realistically just accept that Greg will be a healthy player we can count on for years to come. It might happen (I think it will) but we obviously cannot put our cetner's eggs in the perverbial basket.
The way Batum has been playing, can it be argued that he might become that 3rd lynchpin in the championship Blazer teams in the future? He is proving that he can score, and can play defense at a high level. With him, Brandon and Lamarcus as our core we can then get a utility center that doesn't need to be the second coming. Camby is working out very well, and as much as I like him he's not a hall of famer.
The Piston teams and the first batch of Jordan's championship teams had dependable, but not all-world, centers. For example, with a healthy Brandon Roy, Lamarcus, Batum, Miller and Center, along with our current bench, do we have what it takes to be a serious Title threat, or is Greg Oden our Obi-Wan Kenobi (our last remaining hope, fo your non Star Wars folks).