Remember Greg Oden's much anticipated rookie year? And then after his injury, the anticipation for his first year on the NBA court? I do.
Oden was top overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. After missing his rookie year due to injury, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to capture some of his rookie cards. I even had an article on the Cardboard Connection about it. D'Oh!
The sponsor of Oden's basketball-reference page asks if he is the next Sam Bowie? Seems like a good question today.
Oden's stats in the 2008/2009 season:
39 starts, 8.9 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and .5 assists per game.
Kevin Durant was the #2 pick in 2007 NBA draft. His 2008/2009 season stats:
74 starts, 25.3 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. Durant also averages more than 1 steal per game.
But that was Durant's second full season and Oden's first. How does Durant's rookie year compare to Oden's (stats above) first year?
Durant stats in the 2007/2008 season:
80 starts, 20.3 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game. He also averaged 1 steal per game.
My other brilliant card collection ideas:
- Ryan Leaf rookie cards
- Brien Taylor rookie cards
- Lastings Millege rookie cards