Greg Oden’s comeback to the NBA is no longer a question, but a matter of where it will begin. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have established themselves as favorites to land the former No.1 pick.
Oden, just 25 years old, has appeared in just 82 career games, his last being on December 5, 2009 with the Portland Trailblazers.
After being selected before Kevin Durant, injury issues have kept the big man on the sidelines for far too long to contribute at a consistent rate.
However, Oden spent much of last season working out at Ohio State and was said to look excellent. This has teams including the Dallas Maverics, New Orleans Pelicans, and Sacramento Kings buzzing.
With the Sixers in a full-blown rebuilding phase, Greg Oden could serve as another low-risk, high-reward asset. There are no indications that Sam Hinkie has plans to try to lure the injury prone 7-footer to Philly, but to the naked eye, it does make sense.
At just 25 years of age, there is the possibility that the former Blazer could be a productive NBA center for the next decade. With Spencer Hawes set to be the starting center once more and Nerlens Noel expected to return around Christmas, Oden could serve as an improvement from Hawes and a mentor to Noel.
Despite his struggles to stay on the court, nobody has ever questioned Oden’s character or knowledge of the game. Portland passed on Kevin Durant for him, barely batting an eye. At the time, that was the consensus decision.
Whatever team does land Oden, it will be relatively cheap and a short-term deal. With that said, why wouldn’t the Sixers at least try to be in the mix for a player of his potential?
Maybe Sam Hinkie knows something that we don’t, but rolling the dice on Oden at this point is just about a no-brainer.