5. A Fouling Machine
Greg Oden didn’t have the most audacious start to his NBA career. In his opening summer league game in 2007, just a month after being drafted No. 1, the big man picked up three fouls in the first 180 seconds of game clock. He finished with 10 fouls.
“It’s amazing,” Oden joked after he had six points and two boards. “I usually get thrown out after five.”
Still, as the summer wore on, he generated enough highlights to help fans forget the fouls (19 in two games) on those old Portland summer league teams that were so loaded with talent, they probably could’ve competed on their own during the regular season.
Alas, his summer league season also ended abruptly. This time it was a tonsillectomy.
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