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Name: Lamar Odom
College: Rhode Island
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 220
Class: Sophomore
Position: Small Forward
Other Position: Shooting Guard profile
Lamar Odom
Stats (Provided by JazzyJ)
                  G  MIN  FG  FGA  3P 3PA  FT FTA  REB  PF AST  TO BLK STL  PTS
97-98 URI                                 Did Not Play
98-99 URI        32 1116 203  421  33 100 125 182  302  92 122 110  49  27  564
TOTALS           32 1116 203  421  33 100 125 182  302  92 122 110  49  27  564
                  MIN   FG%   3P%   FT%  RPG  APG  TPG  BPG  SPG   PPG
97-98 URI                         Did Not Play
98-99 URI        34.9  48.2  33.0  68.7  9.4  3.8  3.4  1.5  0.8  17.6
TOTALS           34.9  48.2  33.0  68.7  9.4  3.8  3.4  1.5  0.8  17.6

Scouting reports


Lamar Odom is the complete package, he can shoot, handle the ball, and create his own shot. At 6-10 he reminds of Kevin Garnett, but i think he will be even better. He has a touch in clutch situations (Atlantic-10 Tournament) and is one of the most talented players to come into the draft in recent years. Anything less than # 3 would be unacceptable. The Clippers, and Bulls could use him, but Vancouver already has Shareef Abdur-Rahim. My one knock on him is he can't move without the ball. It is not as bad as everyone says, but with some solid coaching he will be the star of the future.

Scout: Jeffrey Burgoyne []

Lamar Odom will be one of the top picks in the 99 draft based upon hype alone. Pro scouts were regularily seen at Rhode Island this past year game after game to see this former high school phenom in action. If the scouts thought he wouldn't live up to the hype, however, they would not have kept coming.

What Odom will bring to the court game in and out is versatility. While comparisons to Magic Johnson are completely unfair, its not hard to imagine Odom playing the point or center in the NBA, although its unlikely he will play any position other than SF. He has the court sense and vision of a player several years his senior, and is a solid passer and ball handler, especially for someone his size. At times last year he seemed to be at a different level than his competition (and teammates) but did not overextend himself trying to do it all himself.

He also plays tough underneath and will get his share of blocks and boards. If I had to compare him to any current NBA player I'd have to liken him to Danny Manning. I think Odom will be a better player (injuries aside in Mannings case) as he will not be expected to play center and PF day in and out. He also hasn't shown the range yet to be considered a SG candidate, nor the will to take a lot of shots to be a devestating offensive force.

Craig Simpson - Usenet Draft Commissioner

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