As a high school player, Odom received national player of the year honors from Parade in 1997.He played college basketball for the University of Rhode Island, earning all-conference honors in his only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference.The Miami Heat offered a deal that the Clippers declined to match after already matching another offer the Heat made to Elton Brand.
He signed as a restricted free agent with the Miami Heat, where he played one season in 2003–04 before being traded to the Lakers.Odom spent seven seasons with the Lakers, who traded him to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. He was traded back to the Clippers in 2012 and played briefly in Spain in 2014.He was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NBA draft with the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team, but twice he violated the league's drug policy in his four seasons with the Clippers.In the month of February, Odom, playing 36 minutes per game, averaged 16.5 points, 13.4 rebounds (4.9 offensive and 9.5 defensive), 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and .9 steals.
The February run included a good performance at Quicken Loans Arena at Cleveland.
He decided he was not ready, and decided to attend the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
However, after a Sports Illustrated report questioned his unexpectedly high score of 22 out of 36 in the ACT, the school released him in July 1997 before he ever played a game for them.
is an American retired professional basketball player.
As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won NBA championships in 20 and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
However, as Los Angeles progressed towards the end of the season, his performance steadily improved.