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Perhaps no Lakers player benefited more from Bynum’s growth and Gasol’s arrival than Lamar Odom. Misplaced as the team’s second scoring option behind Bryant for most of his Lakers tenure, the team’s suddenly bolstered offensive weapons allowed Lamar to slide into a much more comfortable role as a third scorer. On the season, the versatile forward averaged 14 points and a team high 11 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 53% from the field.
While Odom has developed a reputation as a second half of the season player, Lamar shifted into an even higher gear when the Lakers acquired Gasol—a trend that continued all the way until the end of the season and into the playoffs. With Bynum returning to fortify what will likely be the tallest front court in the NBA, the onus on Odom to score will be even less next season. Similar to Pau, Lamar also just completed his first deep playoff run—an experience that should bode well for the Rhode Island alum next season.