In what surely comes as obvious news to the Rip City faithful, Preston Ellis of Bleacher Report names Greg Oden as a draft bust for the Portland Trail Blazers. While Oden is not the worst draftee on Ellis’s list. he sits squarely in the middle. The injury-riddled big man didn’t get much of a chance to perform for the Blazers.
Microfracture surgery prematurely ended his first campaign before it began. In his delayed rookie season, Oden appeared in a career-high 61 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. That season, he was still sidelined by injuries to his foot and knee. After he showed promise over 21 starts in 2009-10, whatever luck he did have ran out when he fractured his left patella.
Multiple knee surgeries kept Oden out of the next three seasons, and he played in only 23 more NBA games, each of which came as a member of the Miami Heat in 2013-14.
You can read all of Ellis’s list here.