By Dave McMenamin

Secaucus, N.J., Sept. 13, 2007 -- News broke today that Portland's No. 1 pick, Greg Oden, will likely miss the 2007-08 season while recovering from arthroscopy and a microfracture surgery.

This certainly takes some of the wind out of Trail Blazers fans' sails, but it's no reason to hit the panic button. Portland isn't the first franchise to have its top selection miss a chunk of his rookie season due to injury. Since the Draft Lottery era began in 1985, six out of the 22 top picks have gone on to miss a significant amount of games (14 games or more) because of various health reasons in their inaugural campaigns. Oden makes it seven for 23.

Since misery loves company, here's a quick run down of those six injured rooks:

Patrick Ewing - New York, 1985-86 - Ewing missed the final 32 games of his rookie season due to a knee injury
Danny Manning - L.A. Clippers, 1988-89 - Manning tore his ACL in his right knee in early January of his rookie season and did not return
Pervis Ellison - Sacramento, 1989-90 - Started the season on the injury list after getting bone spurs removed from his right foot and ankle before returning for the final 34 games
Kenyon Martin - New Jersey, 2000-01 - Missed the final 12 games of the season after breaking the same leg he did in college
Kwame Brown - Washington, 2001-02 - Played in only 57 games mixing injuries with DNP-CD's
Andrea Bargnani - Toronto, 2006-07 - In the freak injury of freak injuries, appendicitis sidelined Il Mago from the middle of March until the middle of April last year

While G.O.'s six to 12 month long recuperation period will probably cause him to miss more games than any No. 1 pick since Manning, keep hope for a full recovery strong. Here is a list of more than 15 NBA players to bounce back from the knee affliction and contribute in the league again.

The main point is that Portland fans need to keep perspective. For every great turn around that a No. 1 pick provides immediately (the Spurs' win total went +36 in Tim Duncan's rookie season and +35 in David Robinson's rookie year) there are other great players who take longer to have their impact felt (Allen Iverson and Elton Brand both only added four wins to the Sixers' and Bulls' records in their first seasons, respectively).

The injury will give Oden a year to get accustomed to his surroundings in Portland, get to know the team and coaching staff and work to not only fix his knee but bulk up his body in general. While it might put a damper on 2007-08 for him, you have to think he'll be one of the favorites for Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 if he doesn't play a game next year.

Every No. 1 Pick and Their Rookie Season Statistics Since 1985:

Team Record
YEAR
PLAYER
TEAM
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
BEFORE
AFTER
2007
POR
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
32-50
???
2006
TOR
65
2
25.1
.427
.373
.824
3.9
0.8
0.49
0.82
11.0
27-55
47-35
2005
MIL
82
77
28.6
.533
.000
.629
7.0
2.3
0.60
0.80
9.4
30-52
40-42
2004
ORL
82
82
32.6
.520
.000
.671
10.0
0.9
0.94
1.66
12.0
21-61
36-46
2003
CLE
79
79
39.5
.417
.290
.754
5.5
5.9
1.65
0.73
20.9
17-65
35-47
2002
HOU
82
72
29.0
.498
.500
.811
8.2
1.7
0.38
1.79
13.5
28-54
43-39
2001
WAS
57
3
14.3
.387
.000
.707
3.5
0.8
0.28
0.46
4.5
19-63
37-45
2000
NJN
68
68
33.4
.445
.091
.630
7.4
1.9
1.15
1.66
12.0
31-51
26-56
1999
CHI
81
80
37.0
.482
.000
.685
10.0
1.9
0.81
1.63
20.1
13-37
17-65
1998
LAC
45
36
28.4
.431
.000
.483
7.9
0.6
0.60
1.22
8.9
17-65
9-41
1997
SAS
82
82
39.1
.549
.000
.662
11.9
2.7
0.67
2.51
21.1
20-62
56-26
1996
PHI
76
74
40.1
.416
.341
.702
4.1
7.5
2.07
0.32
23.5
18-64
22-60
1995
GSW
82
82
34.4
.458
.357
.773
8.7
1.0
1.04
1.63
15.3
26-56
36-46
1994
MIL
80
76
37.0
.451
.321
.796
6.4
2.5
1.44
0.28
21.9
20-62
34-48
1993
GSW
76
76
32.1
.552
.000
.532
9.1
3.6
1.22
2.16
17.5
34-48
50-32
1992
ORL
81
81
37.9
.562
.000
.592
13.9
1.9
0.74
3.53
23.4
21-61
41-41
1991
Larry Johnson
CHA
82
77
37.2
.490
.227
.829
11.0
3.6
0.99
0.62
19.2
26-56
31-51
1990
NJN
74
68
35.2
.467
.342
.731
10.3
2.2
0.96
1.34
18.4
17-65
26-56
1989
Pervis Ellison
SAC
34
22
25.5
.442
.000
.628
5.8
1.9
0.47
1.68
8.0
27-55
23-59
1988
LAC
26
18
36.5
.494
.200
.767
6.6
3.1
1.69
0.96
16.7
17-65
21-61
1987
SAS
82
81
36.6
.531
.000
.732
12.0
2.0
1.68
3.89
24.3
21-61
56-26
1986
Brad Daugherty
CLE
80
80
33.7
.538
.000
.696
8.1
3.8
0.61
0.79
15.7
29-53
31-51
1985
NYK
50
50
35.4
.474
.000
.739
9.0
2.0
1.08
2.06
20.0
24-58
23-59

(1) Chris Webber was drafted by Orlando at No. 1, then traded to Golden State for Anfernee Hardaway.
(2) David Robinson played his rookie season in 1989-90, after fulfilling his committment in the U.S. Navy.