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Greg Oden

Has there ever been an NBA rookie with this much anticipation — one not named LeBron James? Ever since he left Ohio State, just about every move Greg Oden has made in relation to basketball has been documented. Of course, these matters are helped by Oden’s injury history. After losing last year because of microfracture surgery on his knee, the wheels of anticipation began again as the new season approached.

Finally, his long-awaited debut came against the Lakers and unfortunately for the Oden watchers, it ended almost as soon as it began. After hitting the reset button once again, Portland re-redebuted Oden last night against the Miami Heat and considering he didn’t get hurt, the re-restart has to be considered a success. Granted his stat line was pedestrian — three points, two rebounds and two blocks — but the fact he made it through sixteen minutes without damaging the goods is progress we can believe in.

He even got his first NBA field goal last night — a dunk — and there’s video to prove it:

With last night’s three-point outing, Oden trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by only 38,384 points as the all-time leading scorer in the NBA.