Wednesday , Jan , 07 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Greg Oden to Step up in Brandon Roy’s Absence?

You knew it was only a matter of time before Greg Oden left a lasting impression on his teammates during this long awaited rookie season. Times up.
"He’s just showing you what he’s going to become. I think he’s coming along great," Portland Trail Blazers small forward Travis Outlaw told HOOPSWORLD.

"I think these last few games were his best yet," LaMarcus Aldridge said recently.

Praise and promise go hand-in-hand for the soon to be 21-year-old Oden.

Despite being an offensive focus for Portland thus far, the Blazers have benefited from Oden’s defensive play and timely shot blocking ability. That was the hope within the organization from the get-go. On the season, he’s the Blazers shot blocking leader with 1.21 per game and currently ranks third in rebounds (7.2) and second in blocked shots among NBA rookies.