Greg Oden and the Most Broken-Down Players in NBA History

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Greg Oden and the Most Broken-Down Players in NBA History
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Greg Oden is going to have another microfracture surgery on his knee. It may be that what could have been a Hall of Fame career based on his physical talents and tools will never come to pass. 

It got us to wondering who were some of the great careers that were cut off due to either a plethora or severity of injuries. 

There are a couple of players who aren't on here intentionally, like Reggie Lewis and Len Bias. Both of them were taken from the NBA world prematurely by horrible, tragic incidents. They weren't, so to speak, "broken down." 

I considered both players who had their careers ripped out from them before they even got started and I considered the players who were having great careers but were cut off by serious or repeating injuries. 

These are all top-five picks who ended up being a disappointment because of injuries. 

The players appear in chronological order based on the date they played their last game, not in order of greatness. 

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