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Uh oh... Oden is healthy, slimmer and confident

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Uh oh... Oden is healthy, slimmer and confident

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oden is the man as long as

oden is the man as long as he stays healthy he will dominate the paint. against the nuggets he had something like 12 points 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots durring a 5 minute stretch in th 4th courter.

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I think he will have a

I think he will have a breakout year and I think he has a chance to make the allstar game now that shaq is in the east and Yao is injured his only competion is Bynum and I think he can beat him out.

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Nene is a better basketball

Nene is a better basketball player right now...However, Bynum will probably be a supporting player in the lineup and wont put up all star numbers...it will be fun to watch those 3 young players battle for the next couple of years in the West

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The expectations

As a guy that has expected Oden to break free from all those barrier, I want nothing but the best from Greg Oden this season... Like I said before, he doesn't have to produce David Robinson-like numbers... I want him to just dominate the boards and be a threat in whatever way he can and be free from those horrible injuries... I think GO can bounce back this coming season.

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I don't write any

I don't write any predictions or comments...he is my favourite center (with D12) in all league, he is my favourite player from 2007draft class offcourse my favourtie blazer and so on..so you know what i can predict lol

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i dont have him beating

i dont have him beating bynum out..yes hes gotten better but hes not on bynums level at all. its only preseason but bynum looks better and puts up overall better numbers on a better team

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"He's not on Bynum's level

"He's not on Bynum's level at all." I agree that Bynum is the better center right now, but I didn't like how you said that "at all" part. I think Oden is already a better rebounder and defender than Bynum is right now.

If you want to talk about the pre-season, Oden has been dominant. He's averaging 14.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 bocks in only 22.3 minutes per game. He's also shooting 55% from the floor and 71% from the free-throw line.

Bynum's offensive skill set is the only thing I'd say Oden's not on his level with. Bynum is averaging 20.3 points in 30.2 minutes per game during the pre-season. It's safe to say he won't average 20.3 points this season. Not with Pau, Odom and Artest playing more minutes and getting their shots. Bynum probably won't average over 30 minutes per game. I can almost guarantee you that Oden's numbers will go up once the season starts. He's going to play more than 22 minutes per game. He and Bynum will have very similar numbers this season.

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i expect him to be more

i expect him to be more dominate on the blazers..so bynums numbers should be lower since hes playing on a much better team dont you think..of course he wont average those same numbers just liek oden wont average his same numbers either..roy is the first option lamarcus is the second..miller is gonna get his points as well as webster and outlaw....you say you you guarantee odens numbers will go up but you must not pay attention to mcmillian saying all he wants oden to do is defende and rebound which means he wont have alot of plays run for him. players that dont have alot of plays run for them tend to put up better numbers in the preseason because the stars play less minutes then they would in the regular season..in bynums case its different because he showed before he got injured that even on this loaded team he can put up big numbers...he also prob wont match these numbers since phil also said he wants him to rebound and blk shots...and yes i still say odens not close at all because if you watch oden is scoring 90 percent of his points off of no real post moves just open dunks and a lil move here or there..bynum scores liek that also but he also has a second and third go to move. its easy for some to just look at the stats and watch games and think this or that but when you watch and study how each player is getting there points and in what ways then it becomes apparent how far apart they are skill wise(offense) wit that said oden is gonna be ridiculous once he starts having a consistant go to move and a second and third move..i see both being very very good-to dominate big men in the leauge

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McMillan did say he wants

McMillan did say he wants defending the rim and rebounding to be Oden's primary focus, but that doesn't mean he won't call as many plays for him. Portland has ran their offense through him the majority of the pre-season, even while Roy and Aldridge have been on the floor with him. They ran their offense through him in the fourth quarter versus Denver, while Roy was on the floor, and he delivered. I'm not saying that Roy won't be the number one option during the season... That'd be insane. I'm saying why would McMillan run the offense through Oden during the pre-season and not run many plays for him during the season? That doesn't make any sense. Oden will be the team's third option and have plenty of plays called for him when the regular season starts.

"Players that don't have a lot of plays run for them tend to put up better numbers during the pre-season because the stars play less minutes than they would in the regular season"... That applies more to Bynum than Oden as of right now. You can actually throw that out of the window in Oden's case because both Roy and Aldridge have played more minutes than him during the pre-season and he's played majority of his minutes with Roy and Aldridge on the floor with him.

Oden isn't on Bynum's level when it comes to the complete offensive skill set, but he's either on Bynum's level or better when it comes to everything else. As I said above, I think Oden is already a better rebounder and defender right now. You make it like Bynum's moves on the block are super advanced. He scores a lot of his points the same way Oden does, though he does have a much better offensive skill set.

I'm sticking to my prediction that Oden's numbers will go up from the pre-season, especially his rebounds and blocks. He's averaging 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in only 22.3 minutes per game. Bynum is playing 30.3 minutes a game (which is the max he'll average in the regular season), with Gasol and Odom either not playing or playing less minutes, and he's only averaging is 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Those numbers are for sure to go down when the regular season starts when Gasol and Odom actually do start playing their regular minutes. Oden is going to play more than 22.3 minutes per game when the season starts and as I said above... He's done his damage during the pre-season with Roy and Aldridge on the floor. Why wouldn't his numbers go up? Oden will at least play 30 minutes per game during the regular season. I'm predicting averages of 14.5-15 points, 10.5-11 rebounds and 2-2.5 blocks per game.

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teams run play that they

teams run play that they dont run for the most part in preseason as mcmillians said in his interview hes tries new plays to see how they work most of which were getting the ball to oden but during the season he said you might see these same plays once every blue moon..hes stated first option is roy second is aldridge and he want oden to get his point off of offensive rebounds for the most part because he knows they will win alot more games though roy and aldrige.add to the fact that outlaw and webster will both get double figures and miller will also. im not gonna argue too much about this because ive watched preseason every year and i know just liek the coaches and scouts say its only preseason and you dont take it at face value. and liek i said before when you dont have many post moves on top of not having alot of plays run for you then you wont get alot of point...i agree with the other scouts as well as other coachs( check hoops world.com) that predict oden getting 10-12pts a game and 7-1o reb a game...even the stats you said you think oden will get are actually lower then what bynum started averaging before he got hurt...then you seem to forget joel is still gonna get alot of min..hes not bad enough to see his minutes dramatically drop

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I think bynum will score

I think bynum will score more then people think. He get's a lot of points off lobs and easy passes. Artest, Odom and even Pau in the two games looked like they were willing to be dismissive on offense while Kobe and Bynum become more of a focal point. Bynum shoots so well and hits his free throws that it is very likely he gets about 16-17 points a game this year. I wouldn't be surprised if he out scores Pau even just becasue Pau will draw more attention and is a more willing passer.

But Oden is good too. He might be the better defender and rebounder of the two, although drew is not bad in either of those areas himself. I'm thinking season stats might look like:

bynum: 30 minutes, 16 pts, 9 rebs, 2 blcks
oden: 29 minutes, 12 pts, 10 rebs, 2.5 blcks

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that sounds about right

that sounds about right

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