Greg Oden is twenty five years old, seven feet tall, has played eighty-two NBA games, and has undergone a multitude of micro-fracture surgeries regarding his knees. He's averaged 9.4 points per game in his two NBA seasons, and he hasn't played on an NBA court since 2009. That being said, can he really be effective for the Miami Heat? The answer at this moment in time is certainly inconclusive, but if Greg Oden does indeed take his talent to South Beach he has potential to redeem his career.
As I mentioned before, Greg Oden is only twenty five years old, but with the amount knee operations he's had, it's impossible to tell if he has a twenty five year old's athleticism. Nevertheless, even if he's a shell of his former Buckeye's self he can still be effective on the Miami Heat Roster. In college Oden, averaged 15.7 points per game, 3.3 blocks, and 9.6 rebounds. Those are very solid numbers for a college freshman, but certainly didn't translate as planned into his NBA seasons. Nevertheless, Greg would not have to play a large amount of minutes for the Miami Heat. If Chris Andersen returns, the Miami Heat would have five players who could play the center position at given times. (Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Birdman, Joel Anthony, Greg Oden) This would allow Greg to rest, and would give him time to come into his own. Nevertheless, the question remains of how long it would take him to get into NBA shape once again. It's common knowledge that Pat Riley likes his players in game shape year round, and that might be a problem for the injury-ridden Oden.
Truth be told, Miami needs an effective big-man, small ball will not always work against tough opponents (See 2013 Eastern Conference Finals). Chris Andersen is not big enough to be consistently effective, and Joel Anthony isn't well rounded enough to play for long periods of time. To get Greg Oden might mean a better shout at a three-peat, but his past makes him risky. If Miami can get him,( I say if considering Cleveland just passed on Nerlens Noel to possibly make room for Oden) then there is room for potential, number one picks tend to be decent players. However, would picking up a free-agent like Dampier not be less of a risk? I have full confidence in the Heat's decisions, but only time will tell.