How about Lamar Odom as one of the NBA’s top sixth man of the year candidates for the 2008-2009 season?
It’s not as farfetched as it seems. One of the ideas being pitched around, as the Lakers prepare for training camp, is to have Odom come off the bench, playing starter-type minutes in the mode of San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.
It would take a period of adjustment, since Odom has been a starter fromthe first day of his NBA career, starting with the Clippers, then with the Miami Heat and now with the Lakers.
However, the move could be very beneficial for Odom, who could assess just what would be needed from him once he entered the game.
Because Odom prides himself on being an unselfish, all-around player, coming off the bench could turn out to be the ideal role for him.