Final grade: Odom

Lamar Odom, backup forward:
He earned the only trophy the Lakers hoisted in 2010-11, taking home the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award for his effective and consistent play as the team’s first player off the bench. Conventional wisdom suggested he was distracted by the filming of a reality show featuring him and his wife, Khloe Kardashian. His statistics did not support the theory, however. He was as consistent as any of the Lakers, scoring in double figures 63 times and topping 20 points 14 times. He also had 10 or more rebounds in 30 or more games. It made for his most productive season in the last four. Calls for him to be traded in the offseason are likely to fall on deaf ears within a Lakers organization that values his versatility and consistency. It’s possible new coach Mike Brown could return him to a starting role next season, but it seems he’s found a home as a sixth man.

Stats: 82 games, 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists.

Grade: A+.

Next: Theo Ratliff and Joe Smith.

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