Often injured center Greg Oden has expressed interest in resuming his playing career. One possible team of interest is the Miami Heat. Oden endured microfracture surgery on his left knee in February 2012, the third such injury he has had since he became the number one overall pick of the Portland Trailblazers in 2007.
Oden would fill a serious hole for the Heat, a team with few deficiencies. Rebounding and interior defense have been an issue for Miami in 2012-2013, considering that the Heat rank 29th in the NBA in rebounding. The Heat lacks a functional center to attack the glass on both ends. Chris Bosh currently starts at center for Miami, but he’s better suited to play power forward. In addition, Bosh averages 7.5 rebounds per game, a paltry figure by NBA standards for starting centers.
Backing up Bosh are immortals Joel Anthony, Dexter Pittman, and Josh Harrelson. Heat fans can be assured that former Miami centers Alonzo Mourning and Rony Seikaly would be better options at the center position than Bosh’s aforementioned backups.
Signing Oden would be a coup for the Heat, because he doesn’t need to become the franchise savior. You see, the Heat are the defending NBA champions, led by two future Hall of Famers in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Their great scoring ability, as well as their excellent perimeter defense, contributed greatly to the Heat’s championship run in 2011-2012.
Adding Oden gives Miami a legitimate big man at center, and it enables Bosh to return to his more comfortable power forward position. It’s unclear how much Oden can contribute to the Heat, considering his sabbatical from basketball activities. However, his additional could definitely reinforce Miami’s defense of its NBA title.