Los Angeles Lakers: Should Phil Jackson Move Lamar Odom to the Starting Five?

The Lakers are currently sitting in the second spot in the West behind the San Antonio Spurs, while going an impressive 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Kobe seems to be fulfilling his role as a veteran leader and the other Lakers have followed in his footsteps, especially veteran sixth man Lamar Odom.

In one of his better years as a Laker, Odom has really taken his game to another level, averaging 15.6 PPG, 9.6 RPG and 2.9 APG off the bench.

Now wouldn't it be hard for someone to question those type of numbers off the bench? Well, some fans are doing exactly that, arguing that Odom should be starting over either Ron Artest or Andrew Bynum, which is somewhat of a puzzling argument, but very relevant as of now.

For a player who has thrived coming off the bench, Odom has always been looked at a sixth man, not a starter, but has it come to a point where Odom deserves to start over a struggling Artest, or a limited-playing-time Bynum?

Well, in this slide show, I will be listing five reasons why Odom should start and five reasons why Odom should continue to come off the bench as the Lakers' sixth-man. At the end of the article, I will be giving my verdict of the situation. Hope you enjoy!

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