NBA Free Agency 2011: 8 Teams Where Greg Oden Could Jump Start His Career

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NBA Free Agency 2011: 8 Teams Where Greg Oden Could Jump Start His Career
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Greg Oden knows what the bench feels like and the No. 1 pick from the 2007 NBA draft had other plans in mind when he left Ohio State after his freshman season.

Oden has seen the first three seasons of his NBA career drift by as he sits on the bench with injuries. In the September before his rookie season, he went down with a season-ending right knee injury. He had microfracture surgery to repair the knee and returned for the 2008-09 season.

Just 13 minutes into his second effort at being a rookie, Oden went out of the game with a foot injury. Two weeks later he returned and put up some good performances before going down for three more weeks with a chipped left knee cap.

He wasn't much of a factor for the rest of the season, seeing reserve minutes. Oden started 21 straight games to kick off the 2009-10 season and it looked as if the curse was over. He tallied game highs in points with 24 and rebounds with 20 in separate contests.

Unfortunately, Oden hit the floor—once again, knee in hand—on Dec. 5. He fractured his left patella trying to leap up and contest a shot by the Houston Rockets' Aaron Brooks.

This season, Oden decided to have microfracture surgery on his left knee, meaning he's had the procedure done on both legs. He will not see time on the floor for the rest of the season.

Oden is a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

Where can poor Oden get his act together and make an effort to live up to the hype?

Here's a list of the top eight spots that can suit big Greg.

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