The last team Greg Oden scored a point against was the Miami Heat on December 1st of 2009. He had 13 points and a season high 20 rebounds against the pre-LeBron Miami Heat. So it’s only fitting that he would score his first points in over 4 years as a member of the Miami Heat.
Oden, who was activated earlier today, came into the game in the 2nd quarter and immediately made his presence felt with an offensive rebound and an and-1 dunk in the first 30 seconds on the court. By halftime the former #1 pick had 6 points that included another dunk and 2 made free throws.
To clear up some confusion for those that thought they remembered Greg playing a game with the Heat and making a dunk on his first possession. That was a preseason game on October 23rd of last year.
Although he did score in that game, those points don’t count so you do have to go back to 2009 for Oden’s last official points in the NBA. 2009, when Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were still in the league. Jordan wasn’t involved with the Bobcats yet. LeBron, in Cleveland, was about to become the youngest player to score 14k career points. Chris Bosh was about to pass Vince Carter as the Raptors all-time scorer. Dwyane Wade was about to pass Tim Hardaway for most franchise assists with Miami and Kevin Durant, at the age of 21, was about to become the youngest player to ever lead the league in scoring.