Unless something strange happens it appears Ohio State center Greg Oden will be spending the early part of his NBA career on the West Coast as Portland won the NBA Draft Lottery. But knowing where his career will start is only one thing going on for the former Buckeye big-man.
While many had Greg Oden slated to play his pro career in the Eastern part of the country, the NBA’s strange way of deciding who should make the first pick came down to two Western Conference foes looking for the rights to the nation’s top player.
Despite only having a little over a 5-percent chance of earning the spot, Portland finds itself in a position to take a big-man they’ve lacked since drafting Bill Walton with the overall number one pick back in 1974. If history can repeat itself look for the Trailblazers to fight for a NBA Championship within the next three to four years as Oden is projected to have a major impact on the Trailblazers roster.
Portland, considered by many to have some of the best young talent in the league will become an even more dangerous team when they add the 7-footer to their roster. But for Oden the news only got better as he’ll have a chance to work on his game with current NBA players during Olympic qualifying play in late August as part of Team USA.