Greg Oden is a damn good basketball player. Yes, as a rookie he's plagued by foul trouble, and he's struggled to stay in the game long enough to get in a rhythm. In the minutes he has played, however, he's placed himself among the most impressive rookies this season, and indeed the past decade. Consider which of the following rookie statlines, normalized by 36 minutes per game, comes from Dwight Howard, and which is from Greg Oden:
- 14.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 59.7% true shooting percentage, 17.9 PER
- 13.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 57.1% true shooting percentage, 17.2 PER
Given my tone, hopefully you can guess the answer.
* In case you're wondering, Oden is statline #1. Admittedly, Oden is two years older than Dwight Howard was as a rookie, but he only played .5 seasons of basketball in the 2 years before his rookie campaign, making it awfully hard to claim he was more experienced. Debuting in the NBA after an entire year of inaction isn't exactly easy.
** Oden, you idiot.