2007 number draft pick Greg Oden recently spoke to media and insisted he will go down in history as the biggest bust in NBA history.
The center, who was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers after one season as an Ohio State Buckeye, only managed to play 105 regular season NBA games in a career that was blighted by injury.
And the number two pick from '07 Kevin Durant, who won Rookie of the Year that season and has gone on to be an MVP, believes his classmate can't go down as a bust as he simply didn't get the chance to show his talent.
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"Nonsense. That's nonsense," Durant told ESPN on Sunday night. "In order for you to be a bust, you have to actually play and show people that you progressed as a player. He didn't get a chance to."
"He didn't want to get hurt. That was the last thing he wanted to do was to get hurt. That wasn't even in the cards, and he got injured and that was unfortunate.
"But when he did play, he was a force. Protecting the paint. They were so good with him and LaMarcus[Aldridge[ down low, with Brandon Roy [and] Andre Miller at the time. They had a nice team. So he was a big part of that.
"He's not a bust. He just didn't play a long time because of injuries, and that's just what it is."