Will Lamar Odom Ever Regain Form?
A former sixth man of the year with the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom has also always been a terrific rebounder and post defender with his size and length. Now in his second stint with the Clippers, Odom has returned home to Los Angeles in an effort to rediscover his game and his life.
Odom's 2012 season averages are a far cry from his career statistics as he is averaging a measly 1.5 points and 3 rebounds per game shooting 21% from the field in only 12 minutes per game.
In his 13 prior NBA season, Odom averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists per game shooting 46% from the field. His most efficient years came as a member of the Lakers before he was shipped to Dallas last season against his will, and ever since then he has arrived at camp out of shape and unreliable on the court.
This year, we have seen short flashes of Odom-of-the-past, however, too often we see him attempting to make the moves he used to pull off, but no longer can due to his weight. He appears out of sync and short of breath all too often for a team that shipped a very good Mo Williams to Utah to bring him back to LA.
The question now is, as Odom becomes older with every day, will he ever regain the motivation to shed the weight and play at the level he and everyone surrounding him had become accustomed to throughout his first dozen seasons. Because if he can't find the fountain of youth, this could be Odom's final season.
His effective presence off a very deep bench is necessary for the Clippers to make a deep run in the postseason - they do not want to waste the talent they have this season as they will likely use their success to convince Chris Paul, among others to (continue to) play in Los Angeles with the Clippers.
Odom has the talent and the history, but his most recent history is currently working against him.