Lamar Odom Wins NBA Top Sixth Man Award

Lamar Odom has finally been recognized for his effective work as the Los Angeles Lakers‘ go-to-guy off the bench, winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award on Tuesday and entering his team’s record books in the process.

Odom received 96 first-place votes for a total of 513 points to become the first Laker to win the award since the league started giving it out in 1983. The 31-year-old forward easily defeated Dallas Mavericks reserve Jason Terry, who garnered a total of only 244 points. Odom came off the bench 47 times out of the Lakers’ 82 games, allowing him to be eligible for the award given to the league’s top reserve. A player is considered a reserve when he comes off the bench more than he starts.

Odom, who was a starter in his stints with the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, said the award was a vindication for him. “I think winning an award like this is kind of right at those people that were ready to call me an underachiever,” he said.