Every team needs a player who fills in virtually every position and someone who does the “dirty” work. Looking back in history, every championship team had a role player who was an essential part to their success.
In the 1980s the Lakers’ unsung hero was Kurt Rambis, followed by Rick Fox and Robert Horry in the early 2000s.
In the current Lakers, their “x-factor” is Lamar Odom, otherwise known as Mr. Versatile. Odom has the ability to play either power forward or point guard, and he offers them an immediate spark off the bench. Lamar Odom is never considered one of the best players on his team, and despite his stellar stats, he has never been named an All-Star.
It makes you wonder, is Lamar Odom the most underrated player in the NBA?
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