Center Greg Oden of the Portland Trailblazers and former number one overall pick is going to have yet another knee surgery.
Oden will have arthroscopic surgery to remove debris from his left knee, which is exactly what he did earlier this month with his right knee. The news comes one day after Kevin Durant, who was selected one pick after Oden in the 2007 Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, scored a career-high 51 points in a thrilling overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Trailblazer fans must be kicking themselves as this will be just another one of the several surgeries Oden has had over his brief NBA career. All the while, Durant is one of the top three players in the NBA and is getting his team in position to make a deep postseason run.
The following is a statistical comparison between the two players since being drafted first and second in the 2007 NBA Draft:
Many thought Oden would be able to play this season, but team physicians noticed there was a non-weight bearing ligament in his left knee during training camp in December which pushed back his rehabilitation.
Oden was originally scheduled to make $8.9 million this season after signing a one-year deal with the Trailblazers, but the team restructured the contract to $1.5 million after finding out his need for more knee surgeries. He has not appeared in a game since 2009.