Rumor is that Lamar Odom has a crack problem.
Odom married Khloe Kardashian in September of 2009. His playing stats were good in 2009-10 and very good in 2010-11.
In 2010-11, there were 16 guys in the league who accounted for more than 10 Win Shares. Lamar Odom was #16.
Of those 16 guys, Odom was more productive per minute than was Kobe: http://bkref.com/tiny/4Um6g How good was Lamar Odom in 2010-11? He was palying at roughly the same level as Kevin Durant. Wow.
In May of 2011, the Lakers were embarrassed in a 4 game sweep by Dallas (who went on to win the title over LeBron). Odom was not good. But it is hard to say that he was any worse than Pau Gasol, who was unbelievable during the regular season and awful against Dallas (he looked hypnotized). Kobe's playoff stats in 2011? .099 WS/48. That is dreadful for an alleged "star" player.
So we cannot say for sure that Odom was impacted by crack usage in 2011......but then he goes to Dallas. Oh boy.
In 2011-12, Odom was one of the 8 worst players in the entire league who played at least 700 minutes. He went from Kevin Durant to Damien Wilkens/Rashard Lewis/Xavier Henry. http://bkref.com/tiny/o50Ir
You would have to think that Odom had some SERIOUS drug problems going on. I mean, imagine going from being a top 16 performer to a bottom of the barrel performer in one year. One year. Going from 6.1 Offensive Win Shares to NEGATIVE OWS!!
I cannot even imagine how to search for players going from good to sucky that quickly. How do you cross reference that? I would imagine that former Wolves Mike James and Chuck Person might have similar turns as "good to awful" but really.....wow.