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You think I'm another delusional Blazers fan who thinks that Greg Oden will be able to stay healthy for more than thirty games and actually make an impact on the game.
Well, guess what? You're spot on.
I have bought into the Greg Oden success story. Why, you might ask?
When Oden is actually healthy, which has only been for 82 out of 328 games during his career, (sad but true) he's a very productive player, especially on the defensive end. He averaged 2.3 blocks and four hard fouls per game in the 2009-2010 season. I can't lie and say he doesn't foul too much, because he does, but fouling a slasher hard enough will make them think twice about penetrating the lane when Oden's on the court.
Another thing he does which doesn't show up on the stat sheets is change shots. Whenever he doesn't get called for a foul, which isn't very often, he makes it nearly impossible for the opposition to get off a clean shot. Oden would provide a breather for the veteran Marcus Camby, who also thrives on the defensive end, and would add his rebounding ability—he averaged 8.4 rebound per game that season as well—to the team.
If Greg Oden can finally stay healthy (which is a big if, but one that I'm pulling for) the Blazers interior would be solid as a rock.