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Greg Oden may not have an impact on the Heat. But you never know.
With all due respect to the Cleveland Cavaliers' signing of Andrew Bynum, the most clunky-sounding award on the list goes to the Miami Heat, who recently signed former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum (per ShamSports).
This signing could easily amount to nothing. Oden hasn't played professional basketball since the 2009-10 NBA season, and he's only played 82 games over the course of his entire career. There's a decent chance he plays no more than a handful of minutes this season, and the two go their separate ways.
But, if (and keep in mind this is a huge “if”) Oden can stay healthy and give the Heat something like 15 or 20 minutes a game, he could swing the title. No kidding. For all the bust talk that surrounds Oden, he was a monster when he was actually on the court.
In the 2009-10 season, Oden averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds per 36 minutes, posted a PER of 23 and helped the Portland Trail Blazers outscore opponents by nine points per 100 possessions (per Basketball-Reference).
LeBron James made Chris Andersen look like an All-World player when they were on the court together. Just imagine what he could do with someone like Greg Oden. It would be must-watch basketball.
The Oden signing was literally a no-risk move. But the potential benefits are staggering. Teams with great bigs have given the Heat a lot of trouble recently, and Miami may have just had the ideal rim-protector/rebounder fall right into its lap.
Remember this if Oden's putting up double-doubles in the Finals 10 months from now.