Baseball Magazine

Four Reasons Why a Phoenix Suns and Greg Oden Marriage Makes Sense

By Beardandstache @BeardAndStache

Four Reasons Why a Phoenix Suns and Greg Oden Marriage Makes Sense


- Adam Parker

Greg Oden.
Just seeing the name fills most of us with unshakable feelings of sympathy and, 'what a shame,' thoughts. You want to know what I see when I look at Oden -- the former No. 1 overall pick in 2007?
Two words -- wasted potential.
Think about it.
This guy has played 82 games in the NBA total during his career thus far. We're talking one full NBA season over the span of four years.
Injuries have severely hampered Oden's ability to stay healthy, and because he hasn't been able to stay on the court, the young big man hasn't really had a chance to develop.
Whispers of comparisons to NFL busts Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell run a muck.
But not so fast.
I'll be the first to admit that I still have my reservations and doubts about Oden's future in the NBA. But there is one team out there, (the only team, really) that I believe has all the necessary pieces to succeed with a Greg Oden experiment -- the Phoenix Suns.
Let's take a look at four reasons why.
1. Suns Training Staff - The Suns' training staff has long been touted as the best in the association, and with what they've been able to accomplish, the credit is well-deserved. I mean, just look at how they've been able to extend the careers of both Steve Nash and Grant Hill. Not only that, but both guys are continuing to play at a high level despite entering the twilight years of their respective careers.
Oh, and we can't forget that Shaquille O'Neal had his best seasons after his title with the Miami Heat in Phoenix.
Their newest reclamation project is Michael Redd, a guy whose coming off surgery on both knees but since he's signed with Phoenix, he's been slowly working his way back to the player he used to be. He's not there yet, but I can only imagine that he definitely has a shot to reach that level (or at least close to it) if he re-signs with the Suns this summer.
The Suns' training staff specializes in preventative medicine, meaning once guys are healthy, they'll do everything they can to keep them that way and performing on the court to the best of their capabilities. I mentioned Grant Hill earlier. Like Hill, Oden has thus far had an injury-riddled career. But the Suns' training staff was able to resurrect Hill's career, so if given the chance, I don't see why they couldn't do the same for Oden.
2. Greg Oden is Still Very Young. Despite the deceiving looks of Oden, he is still only 24 years old. If the Suns were to sign him and help him healthy, he could potentially have a decade of basketball left in him. And we all know this simple truth -- the younger you are, the faster you tend to recover from injuries.
3. You Can Never Have Enough Quality 'Bigs' on Your Roster. I love the Suns, but in my opinion, they don't really have any quality big men under contract outside of 'The Polish Hammer' (Marcin Gortat). Robin Lopez is okay and the young rookie Markieff Morris has shown some flashes, but adding Oden to the equation for depth purposes certainly couldn't hurt.
4. Low Risk/High Reward - Oden's injury concerns could act as a double-edged sword for Phoenix. Sure, you have to worry about whether or not he can hold up physically through the labors of an 82-game season. But because of those concerns, the Suns could likely sign Oden this summer for pennies on the dollar. If their training staff is able to continue working its magic, then inking Oden could ultimately prove to be a great investment for both sides.
So without further ado, Phoenix Suns, meet Greg Oden, Greg, meet the Phoenix Suns.

Be sure to follow Beard And Stache on Twitter @BeardAndStacheand also Adam @Adam_Parker43, Like our Facebook page HERE!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • How Candice Got Her Life Back

    Candice had always been fit and active. Then all of a sudden, she started gaining weight. After having two kids, she was at her all-time high and was always... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • FIDLAR at 102.1 The Edge – Sugar Beach Sessions

    FIDLAR 102.1 Edge Sugar Beach Sessions

    On a surprisingly warm December day, FIDLAR stopped by the 102.1 Edge studios for a Sugar Beach Session. FIDLAR is a four-piece punk rock band from Los... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by   Phjoshua
  • The Mortal Engines Has a Stupid Premise. That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Stupid Movie.

    Mortal Engines Stupid Premise. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Movie.

    We keep saying we want Hollywood to get better and pull back on all the reboots, revival, sequels, and general retelling of old stories. Why not try to tell... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by
  • Saturday 15th December: Annie Keene

    Saturday 15th December: Annie Keene

    Only ten days to Christmas and only nine Blogvents left and so let's crack on with our lady of the day and she will be a very familiar face to all Cameron... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by   Kirsty Stonell Walker
  • “Will I Get Angry Easily If I Skip Carbs?”

    “Will Angry Easily Skip Carbs?”

    How many carbs should I aim for per day to remain weight stable? How can I stop myself from overeating? These and other questions are answered this week by... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • Franchise Weekend – The Nutty Professor (1996)

    Franchise Weekend Nutty Professor (1996)

    Director: Tom Shadyac Writer: David Sheffield, Barry W Blaustein, Tom Shadyac, Steve Oedekerk (Screenplay) Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond (Original Screenplay)... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by   Newguy
  • Vans RV-7

    Vans RV-7

    @ Chino Airport, CA May 2018 This RV-7 sits waiting for a pilot to hop in and take her up.  The Van’s RV-7 is a two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt... Read more

    The 15 December 2018 by   Htam