Tuesday, August 13, 2013
How Greg Oden will fit into the Miami Heat
Before Greg Oden made his decision, agent Bill Duffy said the former Ohio State center would choose a team where there will be "less pressure". With Oden making his decision to Miami, there is nothing but pressure as all eyes are on him to perform and become the missing piece in Miami that almost got exposed against the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. Miami fan or not, everybody can agree that the Heat dodged some close calls, and with a talent like LeBron James, he masked the biggest of weaknesses, and the biggest weakness is their lack of size. This was most evident when David West and Roy Hibbert were bulldozing the smaller and less imposing Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. Birdman might of helped their lack of a down and dirty bigman, but he is not exactly a massive build and is known more for bringing energy off the bench. Greg Oden answers the Heat's problem, but is he still the same player that made him a college freshman First Team All-American?
To make things clear, it would be a stretch to assume Greg Oden will be the Heat's starting center. After being away from the game for more than two years, it will be a while for Oden to get back into NBA shape so expect the Heat to play him sporadically. Even when he gets back into fitness, do not expect him to dominate, Pat Riley brought Greg Oden for one thing and that is to be a big body. He is the response to the Roy Hibberts and the Dwight Howards of the NBA. This acquisition will also allow LeBron James to be fresher on the offensive end with not having to help as much in the paint for defense so he can focus on guarding perimeter threats instead. Expect Greg Oden to be a taller and bigger Joel Anthony, anything more than that will probably be unrealistic.