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First, Kevin Durant will be playing in his first All-Star game on Feb, 14, 2010. Durant was chosen by the Western Conference coachs, so the coaches must respect his game. Kevin Durant is avg 29.3 ppg, 7.30 rebounds, 3.0 assist per game, and Kevin is not letting up. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won more games this year than last year. For this reason, Kevin Durant is a much better offensive player than Greg Oden. In comparison, Greg Oden is averaging 11.1 ppg, 9 rebounds, and .09 apg. Even thou Greg is out for the reminder of the season with another knee injury. Injuries has cost Greg Oden a lot of games, and we don't really know his full offensive abilities. Although, Greg Oden has a larger frame, he should be able to post anyone down low. Greg will have the advantage when it comes to posting smaller players.
Next, Greg Oden has the ability to change the way teams play offense. Oden blocking potential and ability to run the floor is outstanding. He has great defensive attributes in the painted area. Greg Oden is a legit 7 footer with a long wing span. Oden has the ability to score, rebound, block shots, and intimidate opponents. He remind me a lot of a young Bill Russell but much stronger. At this point, we will have to wait and find out if Greg Oden is truly over the Micro fracture and ailing knees. In opposition, Kevin Durant is not a defensive player. He is more of a slasher and jump shooter. He don't really mix it up down low. I think Kevin would do himself some good if he went into the weight room, and started bulking up. If Durant committed to strength workouts, he would be scary. Both of these guys are still young and improving. I would've to give the edge to Greg Oden concerning defense Power.
Both players are similar when it comes to winning. Both Greg and Kevin was voted first team High - School All Americans in March of 2007. At Ohio State Greg Oden was described by many professional agents "As a once in a life time type player". Mainly because of Greg's blocking potential and his ability to post double stats. On the contrary, Kevin Durant had a outstanding year at Texas. At 6'9 , Kevin is capable of playing shooting guard, point guard, and small forward. Keving Durant is built to be a All - Star for years to come.
Last but not least, Hopefully both players will have outstanding NBA careers. I think the jury is still out on the decision by the Portland Trail Blazers. I know a lot of my friends mention the ghost of "Micheal Jordan" and how many championships we should've won. The Blazers don't have to re-live the past, but they must know now that the window of opportunity is knocking loud, and we have probaby the best center we've had since Bill Walton. Inspite of injuries , Greg Oden will give us a chance to win a championship some day.
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