College career: Oden signed with the Buckeyes out of high school, and nearly averaged a double-double in his first, and only, year of college basketball.
He averaged 15.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and a crazy 3.3 blocks per game. He, along with teammate Mike Conley Jr. led Ohio State to the National Championship game to take on Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Al Horford in the National Championship game.
That was the second National Championship game featuring Florida and Ohio State that year (Florida crushed OSU in the BCS National Championship, and did so again in the basketball counterpart). Oden declared for the draft after his only season as a Buckeye.
Pro career: The Blazers from Portland took Oden with their No. 1 pick in the draft, after which the center was quoted saying "This is the happiest I've been in 30 years."
Much like Brandan Wright from North Carolina, Oden has been killed by his injuries during his pro career.
After missing his first season due to a microfracture in his knee, Oden averaged nine points, seven rebounds and one block per game in the 61 games he played during the 2008-09 season.
He continued to improve going into the 2009-10 season, averaging 11 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game before bowing out in Game 21 with a fractured patella and not returning for the rest of the season.
Did he live up to the hype?: at this point in time, Blazers fans want to cry every time they see Kevin Durant hit a clutch 3-pointer or score 35 points in a game.
Considering Oden was called a "once-in-a-decade player" by Suns general manager Steve Kerr, I would say that 11 points and nine rebounds a game is a disappointment for Blazers fans, who were expecting the reincarnation of Shaquille O'Neal.
But Portland fans, don't give up on Oden yet. If he can stay healthy, I have no doubt in my mind that he can be a 20-point, 12-rebound, two-block per game player, and help a Blazers team that's on the upswing with Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge.
So no, he has not lived up to the hype yet, but that doesn't mean he won't later.