It was during the 2010-2011 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, when Odom was the league’s best in coming off the bench. That season Odom averaged 14.4 PPG and 8.6 RPG for the Lakers. Then last offseason when Odom was granted his request and traded away from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks his career took a turn that he’d like to forget.
He put up his career worst with just 6.6 PPG and 4.1 RPG in 50 games for the Mavericks. It was nightmare season for Odom on and off the court. Everyone knew that because he was all over reality television on “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” after getting married to Khloe Kardashian in 2009. Unfortunately, things got worse when she started calling him “Lamlam” during every episode. (That horrible nickname caught on way too quickly.)
The excuse for Odom’s struggles on the basketball court last season always got circled back to him missing the city of angels, where he feels most comfortable. Well he basically played his way of Dallas and was granted his request again to return to Los Angeles, when the Clippers traded for him on June 29th, 2012. Odom was drafted by the Clippers in the 1999 NBA draft with the fourth overall pick, where he played from 1999-2003.
He then returned to Los Angeles in 2004 when he was sent from the Miami Heat to the Lakers in a trade involving Shaquille O’Neal. He spent seven memorable seasons with the Lakers, winning two NBA titles. So Odom has spent 11 of his 13 NBA seasons in Los Angeles, which explains his comfort towards the city.
The Clippers are getting a 32 year old veteran who should be motivated to erase last year’s misery all together. It will be huge for a young team like the Clippers to get that veteran leadership off the bench late in big games. Odom can basically play both forward positions and center if needed, which gives them tons of options.
At the very least you can expect Odom to get about 10.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG this season, which would be a big improvement from Kenyon Martin’s 5.2 PPG and 4.3 RPG off the bench for the Clippers last season.
Now if the Clippers can get anything close to the Sixth Man of the Year Award winner, this move could bolster an already contending roster in the Western Conference. At the end of the day Odom is back in Los Angeles where he has accomplished most in his NBA career and the Clippers will get the most out of him.
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