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Oden: ‘I’m one of the biggest busts’

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Former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden acknowledged that he may go down as one of the biggest disappointments in NBA history.

Oden, who was selected first by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007, has been mired by knee injuries that have limited him to just 105 games since he was drafted.

Oden played in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons before his career was cut short. Following nearly four years of rehab, he signed with the Miami Heat this season and averaged just 9.2 minutes over 23 games.

Oden was asked by Grantland.com if he is satisfied with his potential legacy.

“I’m over all of that,” Oden said. “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 doing big things. … It’s frustrating that my body can’t do what my mind wants it to do sometimes. But worrying or complaining about it isn’t going 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.”

While Oden was the top pick in ’07, Durant was taken second by the Oklahoma City Thunder that year and has turned into a star. He won his first MVP of his career this season after leading the NBA in scoring at 32.0 points per game.

Oden has career averages of 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds.

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