Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lakers Notes: Pau Gasol Goes Unnoticed As He Produces UnGodly Numbers -- Lamar Odom Goes Unnoticed As the Best Sixth Man In The History of Basketball

First, check this out from the LA Times:
Pau Gasol produced a stat line of 21 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks against the Spurs and he joined an elite group of players to have accomplished that feat, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it twice. Shaquille O'Neal, CharlesBarkley, Robert Parish and Bob McAdoo did it once.
That's some pretty elite territory. Every single one of those guys is either already in the Hall of Fame, or will be there as soon as they are eligible.

And yet, everyone thinks of Pau Gasol as merely a good player. He is actually a great player who is not, typically, caught up in stats, but is, instead, concerned with facilitating the flow of the game.

The Lakers are blessed with three tremendous facilitators, who are capable of putting up big numbers as if they are just flipping a switch. Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom can all give you 25 points a game, if that's what you'd want from them.

Look at what Lamar has done in the last two games as Kobe has sat out with a sprained ankle.

First night, dude scores 10 points, and grabs 22 rebounds.

The next night, as Gasol grabs 19 rebounds, Odom puts up 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block.

I believe that, when his career is done, Lamar will go down as the best sixth man in history. Though, his claim upon that title will depend on whether or not the Lakers win two more championships during his tenure.

What do you think? Is it going to happen?

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