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  • Rookie Retrospective: Greg Oden

    Feb 15, 2009, 08:34 pm
    In this installment of our “Rookie Retrospectives” series, we’ll be analyzing the play of former number one draft pick Greg Oden. A year and a half removed from hearing his name called ahead of Kevin Durant’s, Oden has settled into his role as the Trailblazers’ starting center, despite the significant setbacks he’s suffered since then. After losing all of last season to microfracture surgery and the first two weeks of this season to a foot injury, Oden has seen enough action to warrant a reevaluation of where he was and a more thorough analysis of where he’s going. Though he won’t find himself in the conversation for the Rookie of the Year Award, the fact that he is back on the floor and getting the reps he needs to improve—when he’s not stricken with foul trouble—is a great sign for a Portland team that is expecting big things from him in the long-run.
  • Rookie Retrospective: Michael Beasley

    Dec 18, 2008, 09:45 am
    In our second installment of our new “Rookie Retrospectives” series, we’ll be analyzing the play of the second of three former freshman standouts that are vying for the Rookie of the Year Award. After one of the most impressive freshman seasons in recent NCAA history, no player in this class may have began their career facing expectations as lofty as those Beasley set for himself with his play at Kansas State.
  • Rookie Retrospective: Derrick Rose

    Dec 06, 2008, 02:08 am
    In a new series of features called "Rookie Retrospectives," we’ll examine the success and struggles of members of this year’s rookie class as well as take a look back at some of the players from previous draft classes that we may have neglected in past seasons. To break down these potential stars, we’ll be reviewing, analyzing, and systematically updating the profiles we had written for them before their arrival in the League in an effort to show where they have made strides and where they have failed to live up to expectations. With a reasonable sample of games at our disposal, we’ll also discuss what these player have meant to their team thus far and how they will progress moving forward.
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