Greg Oden is making a comeback. Or, trying to, at least. The former Ohio State center and No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft has entered the 2018 Draft Pool for the Big3, the 3-on-3 basketball league populated by former NBA players.
SPLASH ALERT 💦 The 30-year-old former number one pick out of Ohio State hopes to return to the court this Summer! Oden is ready to turn heads at the BIG3 Draft Combine. pic.twitter.com/fGQPB4PhIQ
— BIG3 (@thebig3) February 12, 2018
Oden last played in an NBA game in the 2013-’14 season, when he was part of the Miami Heat’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals championship team. He averaged 2.9 points in 23 games, marking an unceremonious end to a once-charmed career.
Drafted first overall by the Portland Trailblazers in 2007, Oden played in just 82 games over two seasons for Portland. Chronic injury problems cast a shadow over his NBA tenure, turning the 7-foot Oden into a punch line and earning him the “bust” label.
Oden played one season at Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes to the 2007 national title game. He scored 26 points, hauled in 12 rebounds and blocked four shots against Florida, which beat the Buckeyes, 84-75, to capture the NCAA championship
Oden averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in one college season, earning a First-Team All American nod. He was selected in the draft ahead of fellow freshman Kevin Durant, who went No. 2 to the Seattle SuperSonics and has since become one of the best players in NBA history.
The BIG3’s inaugural season was held last summer, with former players like Rashad McCants and Rashard Lewis taking part. Oden will join that crop this summer and hope to reclaim the dominance that characterized his one season at Ohio State.