Alrighty, so this is not something I ever thought I would post. I was never a Lamar Odom fan. He seems to take lots of plays off and look lost at times. But, after watching him a ton this season, I think he is a fantastic piece. Here's why:
- The guy rebounds well. He has averaged between 9 and 11.2 per 40/pace adjusted rebounds per game over the past 4 years, topping out at nearly 3 of those being offensive. Tyrus has averaged between 9 and 10.9 per 40/pace adjusted rebounds, with that number getting worse the more minutes he's played. Tyrus does do a bit better on the offensive end, but their rebounding numbers aree certainly comparable.
- The guy shoots well. He has posted between 53% and 58% TS% in all seasons with the Lakers. Tyrus has posted between 48% and 52%. Deng has posted between 51% and 56%. Plus, Odom has posted above or close to 30% 3pt percentages in all but one season (01/02 with the Clips in which he only played 29 games). This is also with taking about 2 a game for his career. Not great, but not bad.
- He passes decently. He has put up between 1.5 and 2 Asst/TO ratio seasonsthe last 4 seasons. He has posted between a -.18 and +2.46 PPR over the last 4 seasons as well. Tyrus has only once posted an asst/TO over 1 and has never posted a positive PPR. Deng has averaged about a 1.3 asst/TO ratio but has never had a positive PPR.
- He played significant time on a team that won the NBA finals. This can not be overlooked.
Why bring up Lamar Odom? Word has it that Odom and the Lakers are far away on talks (duh, they just signed Artest). If we could get him cheap (cheaper than Luol), then Deng becomes expendable, we free up cap space (assuming we then trade deng for expirings) and he would be a significant upgrade over both Deng and Thomas whose minutes he would be eating. I think a base of Rose, Odom, Noah would also look attractive to several of the 2010 free agents.