Sports Illustrated: The best way to describe Lamar Odom as a player might be to think of him as Kevin Garnett Lite.

He isn’t as dominant as the Celtics’ star and doesn’t have the same defensive presence, but the overall effect he has on a game is unmistakable in a Garnett-like way. He just does whatever has to be done and he does it in a quiet, efficient way.

To put it bluntly, the Lakers wouldn’t be the top seed in the Western Conference if it weren’t for Odom, who without much fanfare is having the best season of his nine-year career. He is a facilitator — the guy who makes everybody else look good by doing a little bit of everything.

“He’s absolutely scary good,” ABC analyst Mark Jackson said during the Lakers’ 128-114 victory against the Nuggets in the opening game of their first-round playoff series. While Pau Gasol was dominant with 36 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots, and Kobe Bryant was Kobe Bryant with 32 points, Odom was his usual steady and reliable self with a complementary 17 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals and only one turnover in 39 minutes. Six of his rebounds were at the offensive end.

“There isn’t one thing on the basketball floor that he can’t do,” Jackson said. Lakers point guard Derek Fisher called Odom “the consummate team player.”

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  • DCLAKER

    His nickname is “The Goods”.

  • RoWyN

    Lamar is basketball with style!

  • http://swishtheball.net Billy Kupchak

    odom s the only player today who can play all 5 positions

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    here is your usual steady 4 points 4 rebs 6 assists 1 to
    thank god we have someone else to be our 2 best player…otherwise another 1st round exit would be real
    when people will start to understand that LO is not reliable?
    he is a great player, but do not hope he is gonna dominate when u really need it…
    all the analysts saying how amazing he is…do they ever watch lakers game?
    he can do eveything at any position…true but not consistently
    they ride LO just to diminish kobe…how good is lo c paul or bron do not have a player like that…
    here it is 4 points
    inconsistent

    but yes he is playing very good lately

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com 007

    What is your problem? Did you even watch the game? He got called for fouls that he didn’t do. The only foul he actually did foul was his fifth foul and that was out of frustration. He played excellent up to the foul trouble.

  • SliqRiq

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    Very well put obviously he wasnt watching the game, BS CALLS!!! He tends to get called for a lot of them dont you agree.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    i do not see a 2/9 shooting with 4 points 4 reb 6 ass and 1 to as an excellent game
    about fouls, i watched the game, maybe 1 foul was miscalled…
    he committed 2 stupid fouls

    he was just not the same LO than past games…happens

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com 007

    Fair enough but you can’t say he’s not reliable. He’s been so consistent and reliable for the past 20-30+ games. One game doesn’t change the fact that he’s been doing well.