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Greg Oden

Greg Oden
Oden with the Heat
Free agent
Personal information
Born (1988-01-22) January 22, 1988
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 273 lb (124 kg)
Career information
High school Lawrence North
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Ohio State (2006–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
20072012 Portland Trail Blazers
2013–2014 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Gregory Wayne "Greg" Oden, Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Oden is a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 273-pound center (basketball).[1] Oden played college basketball at Ohio State University for one season, during which the team was the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

On June 28, 2007, Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He underwent microfracture surgery of the knee in September 2007, and missed the entire 2007–08 NBA season as a result. He recovered and made his NBA debut on opening night 2008. On March 15, 2012, he was waived from the Trail Blazers after a long history of injuries.[2] He signed with the Miami Heat on August 7, 2013, more than three years after last appearing in an NBA game.[3]

Early years

Oden was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved with his family to Terre Haute, Indiana at the age of nine.[4] He attended Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute, where he first played interscholastic basketball. Oden then relocated with his mother and brother and attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana which he led to three consecutive Indiana Class 4A basketball championships before graduating in 2006. He was named Parade's High School Co-Player of the Year 2005 (along with Monta Ellis) and 2005 National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He repeated as Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2006. Oden was named the 2006 Indiana Mr. Basketball. He was also on the McDonald's All-American Team and played in the All-American game.

College career

On June 29, 2005, Oden and Lawrence North teammate Mike Conley, Jr. announced that they would be attending Ohio State University starting with the 2006–07 season.

Oden had surgery on his right wrist on June 16, 2006, in Indianapolis to repair a ligament injury that occurred late in his senior high school season.[5] As a result, he sat on the Ohio State bench during the beginning of the 2006–07 season, during which the Buckeyes were ranked as high as #1 before losing to North Carolina. He made his college debut on December 2, 2006, against Valparaiso, coming off the bench. He finished the game with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. In December of that year, Steve Kerr described him as a "once-in-a-decade player".[6]

The Big Ten honored Oden as Player of the Week, along with 2007 National Championship. In the title game, Oden scored 25 points, and had 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a losing effort against the Florida Gators.

On March 26, 2007, Oden, along with Kevin Durant, Arron Afflalo, Alando Tucker, and Acie Law IV, was named to the Associated Press All-American Team. Oden and Durant were the first freshmen voted to the All-American First Team since 1990 and the third and fourth overall. Throughout his high-school and college career, Oden never lost a home game.[9]

College statistics

Ohio State 2006–07 32 31 28.9 0.6 3.3 9.6 0.7 15.7 .616 .628 .000

NBA career

Portland Trail Blazers (2007–2012)

On April 20, 2007, Oden announced that he would be entering the 2007 NBA Draft. On June 28, 2007, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the #1 overall pick.

To begin his Trail Blazers career, Oden chose the uniform number 52. On July 1, before his first NBA practice, Oden was signed to a contract which provided for two guaranteed seasons and team options for third and fourth seasons.

Oden at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con

On September 14, 2007, Oden had microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee. He missed the entire season.[11] Oden's progress was recorded on the Trail Blazers' website and his blog.

Although drafted in 2007, Oden was classified as a rookie for the 2008–09 season because of the knee injury.[12] Entering the 2008–09 season, he was listed at 250 lb (110 kg), but according to Blazers' trainer Jay Jensen he weighed about 290 lb (130 kg) in July.[13][14] Oden left his NBA debut with a foot injury after playing thirteen scoreless minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers.[15] He returned on November 12, 2008, after missing two weeks, and scored his first NBA points in the first quarter against the Miami Heat. On January 19, 2009, Oden had a career-high 24 points while also grabbing 15 rebounds in a 102–85 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.[16] On February 13, 2009, he injured his left knee in a game against the Golden State Warriors, by bumping knees with opponent Corey Maggette, and missed three weeks due to a chipped knee cap.

On November 23, 2009, Oden matched his career-high for points in a game again with 24. He set a new career-high for rebounds in a game with 20 on December 1. On December 5, 2009, Oden injured his left knee in the first quarter of a game. He was taken off the court on two connected stretchers. Later, he underwent surgery for a fractured left patella and missed the rest of the season. That injury marked the second time Oden had missed major playing time due to injury.[17]

On November 17, 2010, the team announced that Oden would have microfracture surgery on his left knee, ending his 2010–2011 season.[18] The injury marked Oden's third NBA season cut short due to a knee injury.

On December 9, 2011, the Trail Blazers announced that Oden had suffered an unspecified "setback" that left them less optimistic about his ability to play in the 2011–2012 season. Rather than signing an 8.9-million-dollar qualifying offer, Oden and the team negotiated a different offer.[19] On February 3, 2012, Oden underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.[20] On February 20, 2012, Oden was scheduled for a procedure on his left knee similar to the procedure he underwent 17 days earlier. However, during the operation, further damage to the articular cartilage was discovered, and Oden underwent his third micro-fracture surgery.[21]

On March 15, 2012, Oden was waived by the Blazers to create room on the roster for trade acquisitions.[22]

2012–2013: Free Agency

In May 2012, Oden announced his intention to sit out the 2012–13 season to focus on rehabbing his injuries.[23] In January 2013, it was reported that several teams were interested in signing Oden for the 2013–14 season.[24][25][26]

Miami Heat (2013–2014)

On August 7, 2013, Oden signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat.[3][27] He played in his first NBA game since December 5, 2009 in a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 23, 2013. He managed to score two points through a dunk attempt and grabbed two rebounds in four minutes of play.[28]

On January 15, 2014, Oden made his long awaited return to the court. In his first regular season game since December 2009, he recorded 6 points and 2 rebounds in 8 minutes of game time in a 97–114 loss to the Washington Wizards.[29] On February 23, 2014, Oden made his first start since December 2009 in the Heat's 93-79 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Heat made the 2014 NBA Finals where they faced the San Antonio Spurs. They went on to lose the series in five games.

Personal life

Oden's younger brother, Anthony, played as an offensive lineman for the Arkansas Razorbacks[30] until he was dismissed from the program in 2011.[31] Anthony then transferred to Lamar University.[32]

On August 11, 2014, Oden was charged with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face on August 7 in Lawrence, Indiana.[33][34]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2008–09 Portland 61 39 21.5 .564 .000 .637 7.0 .5 .4 1.1 8.9
2009–10 Portland 21 21 23.9 .605 .000 .766 8.5 .9 .4 2.3 11.1
2013–14 Miami 23 9 9.2 .551 .000 .565 2.3 .0 .3 .6 2.9
Career 105 66 19.3 .574 .000 .658 6.2 .5 .4 1.2 8.0


2009 Portland 6 0 16.0 .524 .000 .667 4.3 .0 .3 .8 5.0
2014 Miami 3 0 2.3 .000 .000 .000 .3 .3 .3 .0 .0
Career 9 0 11.4 .524 .000 .667 3.0 .1 .3 .6 3.3

See also


  1. ^ Greg Oden Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  2. ^ news services (2012-03-15). "Source: Blazers waive Greg Oden". " 
  3. ^ a b "HEAT Signs Greg Oden". August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ David Hughes (2007-08-09). "Greg Oden, the NBA's top pick, returns home to Terre Haute".  
  5. ^ Lamb, Kyle (June 15, 2006). "Oden Facing Wrist Surgery; OSU Hosts Camp". Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "Oden Earns First Big Ten Weekly Award". Ohio State University Department of Athletics. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Oden to named First Team All-Big Ten, Defensive Player of the Year". March 6, 2007. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ Quick, Jason (May 26, 2007). "Oden extras (updated)".  
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Oden's recovery from surgery likely in range of 6-12 months". 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  12. ^ Thorpe, David (June 27, 2008). "Rookie of the Year Candidates, 2008-09 season".  
  13. ^ "Greg Oden Info Page". Players. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  14. ^ Quick, Jason (August 5, 2008). "Big man's small step". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  15. ^ "Blazers' Oden leaves game early with foot injury". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  16. ^ "Bucks 85, Trail Blazers 102". Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Oden tells teammates to keep fighting without him". Associated Press. December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Breaking news: Blazers Greg Oden faces another microfracture surgery".  
  19. ^ "Oden done". 
  20. ^ "Trail Blazers center Greg Oden undergoes "successful" knee surgery today". The Oregonian. February 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Greg Oden has microfracture surgery".  
  22. ^!/KBergCBS/status/180410875398725632
  23. ^ Oden on Oden
  24. ^ Sources: Greg Oden plans to return
  25. ^ Sources: Greg Oden draws interest
  26. ^ Report: Greg Oden Meets With Celtics to Discuss Potential Signing
  27. ^ "Agent: Greg Oden only signed one-year deal with Heat". August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  28. ^ "James, Wade lead Heat over Pelicans, 108-95". October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  29. ^ Notebook: Wizards 114, Heat 97
  30. ^ Bennett, Joey (September 20, 2009). "College Report: Gant, Hayes get glimpse of Big Ten atmosphere".  
  31. ^ "Second drunk-driving arrest earns Arkansas’ Oden the boot". Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  32. ^ Lamar adds Anthony Oden to offensive line
  33. ^ Former No. 1 pick Oden formally charged with battery
  34. ^ Greg Oden arrested, accused of punching ex-girlfriend

Further reading

  • Mark Titus, "Oden on Oden", Grantland, May 9, 2012.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from, or
  • Official Ohio State Buckeyes biography
  • ESPN profile - Greg Oden
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