Greg Oden is arguably the biggest NBA draft bust of all-time, and that’s according to the man himself.
Back in 2007, the current Miami Heat player was taken with the first overall draft pick by Portland Trail Blazers. What was said to be a good selection at the time later turned out to be horrible in hindsight.
This is because of the significant knee and other injuries that Oden suffered during his time with the Blazers that derailed his NBA career, making him into a shadow of the player he was in college for Ohio State and forcing him to retire briefly.
Speaking recently, he admitted that it frustrates him that his body doesn’t do what his mind tells it to do.
“It’s frustrating that my body can’t do what my mind wants it to do sometimes,” Oden admitted in an interview with Grantland’s Mark Titus.
His play during his college years earned him many plaudits across the country and led him to be taken ahead of current league MVP, Kevin Durant.
Oden feels the better Durant gets the worse he looks. Rather than becoming the next Shaquille O’Neal, Oden’s career took a nose dive of epic proportions.
“I know I’m one of the biggest busts in NBA history, and I know that it’ll only get worse as Kevin Durant continues to do big things,” he continued.
However, Oden is still glad he came out of retirement this season to play with the Heat.
“Worrying or complaining about things isn’t got to fix anything. I wish the circumstances would let me play more, but I certainly don’t regret coming back, and I don’t regret signing with the Heat.”