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The Player the Blazers Could Have Taken

In 2007, the Blazers beat the odds, won the lottery, and had the first pick in the draft.  There was a great debate about who was the better pick, with two once-in-a-decade players.  According to basketball-reference.com, the player they could have taken leads the league in three "advanced" statistical categories, is 2nd in the league in two, is in the top 10 in three others, and is in the top 15 in one other. 

You might presume that the player I'm talking about is Kevin Durant, given the season he's having.  But I'm talking about Greg Oden, the player that we did choose.

This year, Oden ranks first in ORB%, TRB%, and BLK%; 2nd in TS% and EFG%; 5th in DRTG; 6th in DRB%; 8th in PER; and 13 in ORTG.

In comparison, Durant ranks 3rd in PER, 16th in TS%, 26th in ORTG, 25th in DRTG, 2nd in OWS, and 6th in FT%.

Oden achieves his 23.2 PER with a Usage Rate of 20.8%.  His PER/Usage Rate ratio is 1.12

Durant achieves his 25.7 PER with a Usage Rate of 31.9%, for a PER/Usage Rate ratio of 0.81.

Oden is one of three players among the top 25 PER players with a PER/Usage Rate ratio greater than 1.00. The others are Chris Paul at 1.07 and Pau Gasol at 1.05.

LeBron has a ratio of 0.93, D Wade has a ratio of 0.81, Dwight Howard has a ratio of 0.99, Carmelo has a ratio of 0.67, B Roy has a ratio of 0.80, and Kobe has a ratio of 0.68.

All of these indicate that Oden is incredibly effective when he's on the court.  If he can avoid the injuries and fouls, he can be one of the most dominant players in the league.

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