Don’t we all remember when Greg Oden came out of college for Ohio State? Man did he look good in college, stayed away from injuries and played like a beast in the paint. Due to his success he was touted as the number one prospect in the NBA Draft, and was then selected number one overall by the Portland Blazers.
Greg Oden was destined to be a starter in the league and with the rebounding struggles of Portland many thought the Blazers were headed in the right direction.
Then what happened?
Greg Oden battled injuries throughout his career, and before he could get on the hardwood he was out for the season on a micro fracture injury. His actually rookie season had to take place a year after he was drafted. When he finally was able to make his debut he was stellar and was in the talk for Rookie of the Year honors.
Now Blake Griffin was coming out of college from Oklahoma and entered himself in the 2009’ NBA Draft. Griffin was selected number one overall by the Clippers. You knew right away the Clips’ wanted to get him on the court fast as they traded Zach Randolph for Quentin Richardson to clear Blake some minutes.
Rookie Blake Griffin had so much hype coming into the draft. How he could help the Clippers become a good team or how he could be the next big force down low. Blake didn’t prove us wrong with his strong performances in the summer league, but he did let us all down. Blake Griffin injured his knee in their final preseason game on October 23rd.
Number one overall pick Blake Griffin was suppose to make his return in late January early February. After months of waiting all Clipper fans were counting down and couldn’t wait to see their draft pick on the court.
Today Blake Griffin announced that he was going to undergo knee surgery ending his season before he could even play. Therefore saying he will be a rookie next season. After an examination on Tuesday that showed his recovery wasn’t progressing as it should.
These players are both alike because they’ve both been touted as game-changing players, or the future of their respective squads. However in both of their cases, in the year they were drafted both Blake or Greg was able to play a game and both had injuries that kept them from playing in their first season.
The Blazers haven’t seen their big man on the court that much, does that happen with the Clippers to?