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Greg Oden
Greg Oden.jpg
Portland Trail Blazers  – No. 52
Center
Born January 22, 1988 (1988-01-22) (age 22)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality United States
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 285 lb (129 kg)
League NBA
High school Lawrence North High School
College Ohio State
Draft 1st overall, 2007
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2008–present
Awards 2005 and 2006 PARADE High School Player of the Year
2005 and 2006 Gatorade Nat'l. Player of the Year
2006 McDonald's All-American
2006 Naismith Prep Player of the Year
2007 Second Team All-American
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Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is an American basketball player at the center position. Oden is a member of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Oden played basketball for 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 Trail Blazers. He underwent microfracture knee surgery 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.

Oden is currently the "Team Oden" spokesperson for Oregon Mentors, promoting mentoring for kids.

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Early years

Oden was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved with his family to Terre Haute, Indiana at the age of nine.[1] He attended Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute, where he first played interscholastic basketball. He 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, becoming the first junior since LeBron James to be named such. 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. At this point, Oden's dick was only 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.

College

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. As a result, he sat on the bench during the beginning of the 2006–07 season with Ohio State, during which his team was ranked as high as first 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, Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr described him as a "once-in-a-decade player".[2]

The Big Ten honored Oden with Player of the Week, along with Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, on January 29, 2007. In the previous week he had averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds.[3] On March 6, 2007, Oden was named First Team All-Big Ten as well being voted the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.[4] Oden fouled out for the first time in his college career against Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was bothered by foul trouble throughout the tournament. In the Sweet Sixteen, Oden blocked a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds against Tennessee to preserve an 85–84 victory, and went on to lead Ohio State past Memphis and Georgetown to advance to the 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.[5]

NBA career

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Draft

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. Two of his Ohio State teammates were also chosen in the first round: Mike Conley, Jr. at #4, and Daequan Cook at #21.

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.

2007–08 season

Oden at the 2008 San Diego Comic Book convention

On September 14, 2007, Oden had microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee. He missed the entire season.[6]

Oden's progress was recorded on the Trail Blazers' website and his blog.

2008–09 season

Although picked first overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden was classified as a rookie for the 2008–09 season because of the knee injury.[7] 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.[8][9] Oden left the game after playing thirteen minutes in his NBA debut against the Lakers with a foot injury after being held scoreless.[10] He returned after missing two weeks on November 12, 2008, and scored his first NBA points in the first quarter against the Miami Heat. On January 19, 2009, Oden went for a career-high 24 points while also grabbing 15 rebounds in a 102–85 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.[11] 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.

2009–10 season

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 and was taken off the court on a stretcher. He underwent surgery for a fractured left patella and will miss the rest of the season. This injury marks the second time Oden has missed major playing time due to injury.[12]

Personal life

Greg Oden's younger brother, Anthony, is an offensive lineman for the Arkansas Razorbacks.[13]

Nude pictures of Oden that he took of himself were circulated on the internet on January 25, 2010.[14]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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
Career 82 60 22.1 .577 .000 .666 7.3 .6 .4 1.4 9.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Portland 6 0 16.0 .524 .000 .667 4.3 .0 .3 1.0 5.0
Career 6 0 16.0 .524 .000 .667 4.3 .0 .3 1.0 5.0

References

  1. ^ David Hughes (2007-08-09). ""Greg Oden, the NBA's top pick, returns home to Terre Haute"". Tribune-Star. http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_story_221233524.html?keyword=topstory. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Steve (2006-12-15). "Questions and The Answer". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=sk-mailbag121506&prov=yhoo&type=lgns. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Oden Earns First Big Ten Weekly Award". Ohio State University Department of Athletics. 2007-01-29. http://ohiostatebuckeyes.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/012907aaa.html. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Oden to named First Team All-Big Ten, Defensive Player of the Year". BigTen.org. March 6, 2007. http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030607aad.html. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ Quick, Jason (May 26, 2007). "Oden extras (updated)". OregonLive.com. http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2007/05/oden_extras.html. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Oden's recovery from surgery likely in range of 6-12 months". ESPN.com. 2007-09-14. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3017538. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  7. ^ Thorpe, David (June 27, 2008). "Rookie of the Year Candidates, 2008-09 season". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=thorpe_david&page=Rookies-080627. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Greg Oden Info Page". Players. NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/greg_oden/. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  9. ^ Quick, Jason (August 5, 2008). "Big man's small step". oregonlive.com. http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/121790850650380.xml&coll=7. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Blazers' Oden leaves game early with foot injury". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/2008/news/10/29/odeninjury.ap/index.html?rss=true. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Bucks 85, Trail Blazers 102". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=290119022. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Oden tells teammates to keep fighting without him". Associated Press. December 7, 2009. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gYPtOsRksnU-CbLODkwMQ-c4KecQD9CE66980. Retrieved December 6, 2009. 
  13. ^ Bennett, Joey (September 20, 2009). "College Report: Gant, Hayes get glimpse of Big Ten atmosphere". Tribune-Star. http://www.tribstar.com/sports_columns/local_story_263003157.html. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ Everett, Cristina (January 27, 2010). "Portland Trailblazers center Greg Oden apologizes for leaked nude photos". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/01/27/2010-01-27_portland_trailblazers_center_greg_oden_apologizes_for_leaked_nude_photos_.html. Retrieved February 6,2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luke Zeller
Indiana Mr. Basketball award
2006
Succeeded by
Eric Gordon
Preceded by
Andrea Bargnani
NBA first overall draft pick
2007 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Derrick Rose

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