Greg Oden is making a comeback.
The 25 year-old center, who was drafted a pick before Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA Draft, has faced seemingly endless injuries since he began his professional career.
Oden hasn’t played a game since 2009, and has already undergone three micro-fracture knee surgeries. However, in 2013-14, the 7-footer will return to the court.
There are several teams interested in Oden’s services, and one name that needs to be thrown into the mix is the New York Knicks.
The Knicks currently are in terrible shape in the front-court with Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, and Kurt Thomas all dealing with injuries. The only big men left on the squad that are healthy enough to play are Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby, who have a combined age of 74.
Oden, who has been dealt a tough hand with all of his injuries, would be great on the Knicks. New York has been absolutely ravaged by lack of health this season, and have almost been a .500 team after starting the season 18-6. Oden would fit right in with the current cast of injury-prone big’s on the Knicks.
Seriously though, Oden could return to the court as the elite center that he was in college. In the 82 games that he did play for the Portland Trailblazers, he averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in around 22 minutes per night.
Oden wouldn’t be rushed back, either, or overworked early on. Chandler is a straight up beast, and is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, so Oden would not be forced into a starting role; instead he would be given as many solid minutes that he could handle.
Athough it seems like a match made in heaven, the Knicks don’t need to pour crazy money into a big-man with a shaky history with injuries. That exact situation is killing them with Stoudemire right now, who is out for the season.
But why not give Oden a chance?