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Lamar Odom is a solid NBA player. Lamar causes some severe matchup problems at the forward position due to his quickness and length, and a Sixth Man Award this past season doesn't hurt, either.
However, Lamar is also careless with the basketball and sometimes tries to take over a game when he has no business doing so. During the NBA draft, Lamar was rumored to being in trade conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second overall pick in the draft.
By completing that trade, Minnesota would have acquired a 31-year-old veteran who has maybe four "decent" years left in the tank. Odom's trade value ranges from the seventh to fifteenth pick in the first round, which is clearly up for debate.
In the end, Odom is still a key contributor, but I see him as being an overrated asset.