Friday , Dec , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Can Greg Oden Be Compared to Dwight Howard?

Now with Oden 17 games and 10 starts into his rookie season, is the first-year comparison to Howard legit?

"From what I’ve seen, he’s (Oden) a beast inside. He can control the paint – rebound and blocking shots – which you have to do. I believe you have to start inside out," Otis Smith, the Orlando Magic’s General Manager, told HOOPSWORLD.

"As he continues to grow and develop and feel comfortable out on the floor as a player, he’ll be more dominant on the offensive end."

Examining the numbers in their rookie years, Oden still has a chance to equal the totals Howard put up in his first year in the league.

In 2004-05, Howard started all 82-games for Orlando and averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 32.6 minutes per game. At this point in the season – 17 games in – Oden is averaging 7.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and roughly 21 minutes per game.