REAL HOOPERS: Lamar Odom

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  • SF/PF
  • 6’10, 220lbs
  • 14 Seasons Pro
  • 4th Overall Pick, 1999 Draft (LAC)
  • College: Rhode Island
  • Hometown: Queens, NY
  • Career Stats: 13.3ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.7 ast, 0.9 stl, 0.9 blk
  • 2 x NBA Champion (2009,2010)
  • 1999-2000 All-Rookie
  • 1 x Sixth Man of The Year (2010/11)

Standout Seasons: 1999-00, 2000-01, 2010-11

  • 1999-00: 76 GP/70 GS, 36.4 MPG, 16.6 PPG, 7.8 REBS, 4.2 AST, 1.2 STL, 1.3 BLK, 71.9 FT%, 43.8 FG%, 36 3PT%
  • 2000-01: 76 GP/74 GS, 37.4 MPG, 17.2 PPG, 7.8 REBS, 5.2 AST, 1 STL, 1.6 BLK, 67.9 FT%, 46 FG%, 31.6 3PT%
  • 2010-11: 82 GP/ 35 GS, 32.2 MPG, 14.4 PPG, 8.7 REBS, 3 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.7 BLK, 67.5 FT%, 53.0 FG%, 38.2 3PT%

A towering 6’11, Lamar Odom embodied versatility on the basketball court. His ability to rebound, defend multiple positions, run the offense and shoot made him one of the most unique prospects of his era. The fourth pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, Odom became the centrepiece of the exciting Clipper teams of the early 2000’s. He departed LA in 2003 for the Miami Heat only to be shipped back to the other team that resides in STAPLES. Lamar Odom was a part of the blockbuster trade that sent Shaquille O’Neal to Miami. During his early tenure as a Laker it was hoped that he would become the 2nd star behind the legendary Kobe Bryant. After a handful of treadmill seasons, the Lakers would acquire Pau Gasol via trade. This move allowed Lamar to become the Sixth Man of a dominant Lakers team. Kobe and the three pronged frontcourt of: Odom, Gasol and Andrew Bynum would reach 3 consecutive NBA Finals. Winning the title twice. Odom excelled in his bench role and he would receive the Sixth Man of the Year award for the 2010-11 season. His versatility and New York flair teased a limitless potential. He would find his niche as an outstanding 6th Man within Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. His career ended after lackluster stints with the Mavericks, Knicks and Clippers. His off court demons have been heavily publicised since his exit from the NBA. One can only hope Lamar can steer things in the right direction. An innocuous end to his BIG3 career compounds his prior streak of bad press. His feel for the game of basketball was unmatched. The New York flair led to several highlight plays and his immense versatility eventually led to him being crowned a champion. This is why Lamar Odom is heralded as one of LO-FI: The Magazine’s ‘Real Hoopers’. 

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