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Thursday, March 22, 2012
How rare is Lamar Odom's 1-1-1 line?

By Tim MacMahon

Lamar Odom reached a new personal low with his one-point, one-rebound, one-assist outing in 24 minutes against the Lakers.

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That’s hard to do when playing half a game, but it’s not like such non-productivity is unprecedented in the NBA. Heck, a member of the Mavs had an even more pitiful performance last season, when Brendan Haywood had no points, one rebound and no assists while playing 25 minutes in a November win over the Hornets.

Curious about the rarity of a 1-1-1 or worse line, I plugged those numbers into basketball-reference.com’s Play Index with a minimum of 24 minutes played. There are 95 such outings in the site’s database, which dates to the 1985-86 season.

Odom, a key role player on two title teams and the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, isn’t even close to the most accomplished player to have such a stinker. He’d have to get in line behind legends like Joe Dumars, Reggie Miller and Gary Payton as well as stars like Glen Rice (three times), Michael Finley and Chuck Person.

This kind of performance could be called pulling a Bowen in dishonor of the dirty-work dude on a few Spurs title teams. Bruce Bowen had six 1-1-1 or worse lines in his career -- actually they were all worse, and he went scoreless in five.

That didn’t stop the Spurs from retiring Bowen’s number last night.

All Odom has to do to remind himself that his misery against the Lakers puts him in pretty good company is look up at the AT&T Center rafters when the Mavs visit San Antonio on Friday.