SLAMOnline: Limitless potential. Lackluster performance. Ridiculous skill set. Chronic underachiever.There have been a lot of words tagged to Lamar Odom’s game, not many of them positive. When a player is as talented as Odom with as much promise coming out of high school in New York, all eyes are on them and the pressure is there not to fail. Disappoint. Screw up. Lose their way.

When you lose your mother at 12 and are being raised by your grandmother and want to make her proud, you’d think it would be easy to block out distractions and focus on the end goal. Sometimes, it is just the opposite that happens. Sometimes, is what happened for Lamar.

With the distinction of being named High School Player of the Year by Parade Magazine, the stage was set for him to go to UNLV. Only, that didn’t quite work out for him. The thing is, guidance doesn’t always come when needed and lessons are not usually learned the easiest way when it comes to Lamar. After ending up at Rhode Island and piecing together a great year, the Clippers drafted Odom, where he was hailed as the next Magic by a certain basketball magazine. When he ended-up being suspended twice for violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy, it appeared as though he’d need wizardry to help him achieve his potential.

The thing is, regardless of his struggles, his talent is so undeniable he does deserve a spot on a list such as this. A 6′10″ southpaw who can run the point with his court vision and game savvy will always find a way. Having the ability to put in back-to-back triple-doubles along with his unique make up also allows him extra chances – chances started making the most of as he has learned nothing lasts forever.

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  • LN1

    i love Lamar man. i support him 100%. i knew he had some difficult events with his family, but all happening on his grandmother’s bday/death date…and his child. rough stuff right there. i wouldnt wish that on anyone.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    Well on the court his chemistry with Gasol was phenomenal.

    The team as a whole played bad in the Finals… next year it’s going to be on.

  • DCLAKER

    LO is 2/3’rds of “The Greatest” big men EVER assembled on court along with Pau/AB……..LAKEZILLA!!

    As he said after the Finals,TIME TO GET A LIL’ NASTIER..MEAN!

  • daboss1849

    Top 50 my ass!!! He is barely top 15 on his own team!!!

  • dub824

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    i didnt know 1 out of 3 = two thirds

  • kb24bestever

    i think lamar odom should be ranked atleast 35..

  • Smush Walton

    If he’s so high on the list, we should be able to something of value for him in a trade.

  • lakerferlife7

    barely top 15 on the team…ya dumbass

  • mikedeezy2k8

    are you guys kidding me? what do you expect lamar to do? 14 pts 10 rebounds o na team with kobe? if he avged 25 points kobes points would go down and you would all shit your pants, lakers were bad as a whole in the finals including kobe

  • ify

    CAn we plz trade LO.THANKS

  • T-Dub

    I can’t name 38 players better than LO…can you?

  • John Barry Sux

    I love Lamar but there is no doubt in my mind that the Lakers will trade LO during the season whether or not he plays well with Pau and Bynum. The real player to watch is Trevor Ariza. If Trevor shows the Laker staff that he is ready to become a consistent contributor at the SF in this league than there is your much cheaper laker starter at the 3. THe lakers should be able to get some nice pieces to build around Bynum for LO (ie draft picks, young players with potential). If trevor doesnt show major improvement a trade for a player of equal talent and salary will be attempted (Richard Jefferson, Shawn Marion, Ron Artest).