Kevin Durant says Greg Oden is not a bust

People have been hating on Kevin Durant lately because he left the Oklahoma City Thunder for their rivals, the Golden State Warriors, during the offseason. But what they fail to remember is that Durant is actually a really nice guy. So here’s a little reminder.

Late last week, 2007’s first overall pick Greg Oden (selected by the Portland Trailblazers) said that he is “the biggest bust in NBA history.” Oden, whose career was plagued with injuries, played a total of 105 games over the span of three seasons.

But Durant, who was picked immediately after the big man by the Seattle Supersonics, believes that Oden was not a bust. The Warriors’ forward told ESPN that Oden was a force on the court, and the Blazers were a really good team. But Oden just got injured a lot and didn’t play many games.

"He didn't want to get hurt. That was the last thing he wanted to do was to get hurt," Durant said. "That wasn't even in the cards, and he got injured and that was unfortunate. But when he did play, he was a force. Protecting the paint. They were so good with him and LaMarcus down low, with Brandon Roy [and] Andre Miller at the time. They had a nice team. So he was a big part of that.

"He's not a bust. He just didn't play a long time because of injuries, and that's just what it is."

Oden is currently back at Ohio State (his school before being drafted to the NBA) taking classes towards his degree. He is also the basketball team’s student assistant coach. He holds NBA career averages of 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks.