But seriously he is averaging 10 and 8 with 2.5 blocks per game. He looks like the pro that I thought and hoped he would be when I advocated taking him over Kevin Durrant.
To this day I truly believe it to be the correct decision. Durrant might be a perennial all-star but I think Oden is a game changer and a team changer. He can completely redefine the way a team plays on defense. The Trailblazers will benefit greatly from the identity that Oden gives them defensively.
Furthermore they do not need more offense by the way of Durrant. They have plenty of weapons as it is. It is my belief that Oden can develop into a solid second option on offense over time as well.
It’s going to be fun to watch this Trailblazer organization as they rise back to the cream of the crop in the Western Conference.