OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden officially making his return to professional basketball


Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden is attempting to make a basketball comeback.

Oden, who hasn't played professional basketball since 2016, entered the Big3's draft pool for the 2018 season, the league announced on Monday via ESPN.

The former top pick, who was now infamously selected by the Portland Trail Blazers ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA draft, played just three seasons in the league, having his career shortened by multiple injuries. Oden appeared in just 82 games for the Blazers before being waived in 2012.

The 30-year-old center hasn't played in an NBA game since the 2013-14 season, when he served a limited role for the Miami Heat, appearing in just 23 total games. The 7-footer also spent worked out for several NBA teams following his stint with Miami before spending one season with the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.


In 2016, the former Ohio State standout announced his retirement and reflected on his career by telling ESPN's Jeff Goodman, "I'll be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history."

Oden returned to his alma matter as a student assistant coach, joining Chris Holtmann's inaugural staff this offseason.

The Big3 is a 3-on-3 basketball league created by rapper/actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz that launched in 2017.

Several notable former NBA players competed in the league's inaugural season including MVP Rashard Lewis, Defensive Player of the Year James White, Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, former NBA champion Chauncey Billups and numerous others.