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article imageNBA: Lamar Odom is named 6th man of the year by Kia and NBA

By Austin Tyler     May 4, 2011 in Sports
Los Angeles - Every year the NBA takes timeout in the middle of the playoffs to hand out some hardware to some deserving players. Some may be repeats, but some may be new stars that have stepped their game up significantly.
Kia's Sixth Man of the Year Award to Los Angeles Lakers Lamar Odom. Odom averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, the highest shooting mark of his 12-year career. Odom was an important piece in helping the Lakers reach the playoffs.
The requirement for receiving the award is the player has to come off the bench for more games then they started. Lamar Odom only started in 35 games, and came off the bench for 47 games. Odom only started this season because starting center Andrew Bynum was dealing with injuries.
Odom received 96 of 117 first-place votes from the media panel, easily outdistancing Dallas guard Jason Terry, who finished a distant second with 244 total points to Odom's 513. Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young was third with 76 points, and Boston Celtics' Glen Davis finished fourth with 75.
Odom is the first player in Lakers history to win the award, which has been presented since 1983. He finished sixth in the voting in 2010. Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford won it last season.
Odom was a starter during his first nine NBA seasons with the Clippers, Heat and Lakers, but moved primarily to a reserve role during the 2008-09 season. The Lakers won the NBA championship that year and the next, with Odom coming off the bench for all but five of Los Angeles' 46 playoff games.
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