The Lamar Odom All-Stars

The Lamar Odom All-Stars

From the day he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers, Lamar Odom has been my favorite player in the NBA. I’ve always possessed a deep passion in watching players who can affect a game in a variety of ways without necessarily putting the ball in the basket. Lamar Odom sort of embodied that to me. He could handle the ball and pass like a point guard, rebound like a power forward, and could defend inside and on the perimeter (at least until he married a Kardashian). Lamar could score if his team needed him to, but was content doing lots of other things, which were just as necessary. For a long time, I’ve wanted to write a piece about my favorite players in the league who I admire for many of the same reasons that I admire Odom. It’s never really come together until now. I set a few rules for myself in picking this team. First and foremost, no superstars make this list. There’s nothing fascinating about reading why I love watching Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, et al. The same thing goes for Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, James Harden, and the like. And the ultimate sign of respect I can give Anthony Davis is to already declare him “too good” to make this list.  Some of these players certainly could end up as stars, but none of them are now at this moment, except for one, who gets inclusion on this list because he is an underrated star. Ty Lawson Lawson is Denver’s lone holdover from the Carmelo Anthony era. The Nuggets’ response...