NBA’s Biggest Bust?

The 2007 NBA Draft will always be remembered for one thing: Greg Oden was selected with the first overall pick. This was such a big deal, because Kevin Durant was selected with the second overall pick. This is such a substantial point because since that draft, Oden started 66 games, and played in 114 during his 6 years under contract in the NBA, and is no longer in the league. Since that draft Kevin Durant was named the NBA MVP (2014), selected as an All-Star 7 times (2010-16)  and has appeared in the NBA finals once. Oden was plagued by injuries throughout his short-lived career, but he was average at best during his best season, in which he only played 21 games before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury. Even in his worst season in the league, in reference to scoring, Durant averaged more than 20 points per game…and that was during his rookie season.

There has been a debate regarding who is the biggest bust in NBA history. Here are the top contenders:

  • Sam Bowie (Drafted before Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton)
  • Greg Oden (Drafted before Kevin Durant and Al Horford)
  • Darko Milicic (Drafted before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade)

Oden recently spoke out, stating “I’ll be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history, but I can’t do nothing about that.”


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