LA’s draft history: Ranking every #4 overall pick

Lamar Odom (Credit: Jeff Gross/Allsport)
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Lamar Odom
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1. Lamar Odom

LA Clippers stats: 12.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.8 apg

Lamar Odom was everything the LA Clippers wanted in a number four overall pick. The Swiss Army Knife point forward often grabbed the ball off the rim, pushed it down the court, and either scored at the basket himself or dished the rock to a wide-open teammate.

No matter how well-rounded Odom’s stat line normally looked after games, it always felt as though he had more to give on the court. Odom flourished essentially everywhere. He was a terrific rebounder, averaging as much as 10.2 during his career, a very good scorer, averaging more than 14 points per game several times over, and don’t even get us started on his ability to pass. For his career, Odom has averaged 3.7 dimes a night.

For whatever reason, Odom was simply never able to put it all together. His salivating talent fell woefully short of hitting All-Star status. And he was never considered one of the best players in the league. Still, despite his shortcomings, Odom was a very good player for the Clippers and should be viewed as the best number four pick in franchise history.

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