2010 NBA Finals: Will Lamar Odom Step into Game Seven Spotlight?

Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals could be the big stage upon which Lamar Odom finally steps into the spotlight. 

Odom is arguably the most talented player on the Los Angeles Lakers other than Kobe Bryant. 

Drafted into the league with the fourth overall pick by the crosstown rival Clippers, Odom was expected be that rare player who would make a huge impact in the league as a big man who could handle and pass the rock like a guard.

Odom’s star shone brightly in his first year in the league as he was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2000 averaging 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists a game.  The sky appeared to be the limit for Odom to become a star and collect a shelf full of trophies and awards for his individual accomplishments.

Would Odom lead the league is scoring or rebounding?  Would Odom become a perennial All-Star?  Could Odom win a Most Valuable Player award?

The 10-year career resume of Odom however is devoid of the individual accolades that many believed he would achieve when he first came into the league.

While Odom has not compiled a staggering list of individual accomplishments, he is still considered by many to be one of the more talented players in the league. 

For example, Odom was invited to be a member on the United States Olympic Basketball team in 2004.  Unfortunately, the United States only won the bronze medal and will be long remembered as the first team including NBA players that failed to win the gold.

Odom’s career has never fully blossomed, and as a sixth man, he does not receive the adulation and attention of starters when their names are called out in the beginning of games.

Maybe Odom likes not being the center of attention.  However, in September of last year, Odom married reality television star Khloe Kardashian.

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