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For last two top picks Oden and Rose, mixed results in NBA debuts

Greg Oden and Derrick Rose each made their NBA debuts, with mixed results, David Thorpe writes.

Originally Published: October 29, 2008
By David Thorpe | ESPN.com

As the NBA season opened on Tuesday, we got the rare chance to see the last two No. 1 overall draft picks play on the first night. The last time we saw them play a "real" game, they were the best players on their respective teams in NCAA title-game losses.

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, playing the physically toughest position in the NBA, is working to bounce back after undergoing microfracture surgery and missing last season. Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, ...

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