Draft Watch: How good can Greg Oden be?

Updated: May 30, 2007, 2:36 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- Greg Oden's been called many things: the next Tim Duncan, a future Hall of Famer, a dead ringer for Grandpa LeBron.

But "exciting" and "explosive" aren't usually the first words that come to mind. When we're talking about this year's draft, those adjectives are more commonly applied to Oden's primary competition for the No. 1 pick in the draft -- Texas forward Kevin Durant.

Oden is usually thought of as the big guy with the back-to-the-basket game, the guy who will be a stalwart on the defensive end of the floor. He's regarded as primarily a shot-blocker, a rebounder.

So as I walked into an Indiana gym that looks like a barn in the middle of a cornfield to see Oden, my expectations weren't that great.

I assumed Oden would dunk the ball. Show his improving post game. Maybe flex a little bit. And we'd all go home.

The big surprise

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider