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Did I say that Marcus Thornton is my dark horse? Never mind that. It's got to be Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden.
I don't need to say much about Oden because you've heard it all. He was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Kevin Durant was the second. Ouch!
He has played just 82 games in four seasons in the NBA. Yes, that's one season's worth of games in four NBA calendar years. His age is just 23, but his face and knees are more like 53.
Oden started the 2010-11 season off great, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. One of those games was a huge double-double against the Chicago Bulls, in which Oden scored 24 points and drew in 12 rebounds.
His knees got the better of him, though.
If—and that's a big "if"—Oden can get healthy and stay healthy, he'll be one of the great playmaking centers in the game.