Lamar Odom’s post-NBA career activities have found a lot of space in the tabloids. His recent near-death episode and the constant reference to Odom’s “reality” life has certainly cast a shadow over his 14-year NBA career and the nearly 1,000 games he played in the league. But Odom’s unique talents as a basketball player should not be overlooked.
Here’s a look at some of the stats you might not know about Odom’s NBA career.
* Odom is one of five players since 1963-64 to score 30 or more points in his NBA debut. As a member of the L.A. Clippers (he was their first-round pick, fourth overall in the 1999 draft), Odom scored 30 points in his debut against the Seattle SuperSonics. John Drew has the most points scored in a first game in the NBA with 32. Odom also had 12 rebounds in that game and is the only player to have 30 or more points and over 10 rebounds in their NBA debut. It’s interesting to note that Odom missed seven free throws in his first game in the NBA.
* In 2013-14, Chicago’s Joakim Noah had 900 rebounds and 431 assists. He was the first player to have over 700 rebounds and 400 assists in the same season since Odom accomplished that feat in 2005-06 when he had 738 rebounds and 443 assists for the Lakers. Odom is one of only 24 players in NBA history to have 700+ rebounds and 400+ assists in a season.
* Of all players 6-foot-10 or taller, Odom ranks seventh all-time with 3,554 assists, a testament to his ball-handling and passing skills.
* Odom was an All-Rookie First Team member in 2000 after scoring 1,259 point for the Clippers (16.6 points per game). He’s one of 65 players who scored 1,200 points and 500 rebounds in his rookie campaign.
* With 12,781 points, 8,059 rebounds and 3,554 career assists, Odom is one of only 22 players to have 12,000-8,000-3,000 in those stat categories in NBA history. If we add his career totals of 892 blocks and 848 steals, he’s one of only 14 players in NBA history to have 12,000-8,000-3,000-800-800 in those five stats.
* Speaking of 800-plus blocked shots and 800 steals, Odom is one of 43 players to reach those defensive numbers in a career.
* Odom had two seasons in which he averaged over 10 points and 10 rebounds for the season: In 2004-05 with the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 15.2 points and 10.2 boards; in 2007-08 he averaged 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds. He’s one of 149 players who averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds in two or more seasons.
* Odom played in 108 playoff games in his career, scoring 1,407 points, grabbing 955 rebounds and handing out 264 assists. He’s one of 40 players to reach those postseason numbers in the league. If we add his 112 postseason blocks, he’s one of 27 players to reach 1,400-900-200-100 in those stats for the postseason in a career.
* Odom never played in an NBA All-Star Game.
* In games in which Odom played 40-plus minutes, he averaged 18.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists (his career averages were 13.3/8.4/3.7). His career stats as a starter were 15.4 points/9.3 rebounds/4.3 assists per game in 684 starts and 8.2/6.2/2.2 in 277 games coming off the bench, but one of his most notable achievements occurred when he came off the bench when he won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.