Best Landing Spots for Greg Oden to Resurrect NBA Career

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Best Landing Spots for Greg Oden to Resurrect NBA Career
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Location, location, location.

Greg Oden is on pace to return to the NBA next season and while timing is everything, so is the selection of his new home.

Degenerative knees allowed the first overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft to appear in just 82 career games before essentially being forced out of the league.

Having not played in a contest since the 2009-10 campaign, it seemed that Oden was finished. Yet the big man refuses to quit.

According to's Chris Broussard, Oden's rehabilitation has reached a point where he is confident he will resume his career next season. So confident, in fact, that he will reportedly choose between a smorgasbord of suitors within the next few weeks.

Though Oden has no plans to return to the floor before next year, Broussard writes that the Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs all have interest.

While the surplus of interest is a good sign for Oden, are each of his prospective suitors a good fit? Given his injury history, he must be brought along slowly and play under the most ideal of circumstances.

Which of those teams satisfies such requirements and stands to give Oden a legitimate opportunity to resurrect his career?

A complete revival may seem like a long shot for Oden regardless of where he signs, yet there are teams who can bring him closer to it than others.


*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and, unless otherwise noted. 

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