8. Lamar Odom (Rhode Island)
Lamar Odom was effectively the NBA equivalent of when we talk about a baseball prospect being a “five-tool player.” At 6’10, Odom could rebound like forwards of his size, but could dribble and distribute the ball as well as most point guards that were a half-foot shorter, and he also happened to be an effortless scorer.
While he was part of the laughing-stock Los Angeles Clippers franchise during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, everything changed after Odom was finally able to get out of there. He became an integral piece of both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers teams that won championships over the next decade.