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In today's Heat history lesson, we review power forward Lamar Odom's one season of greatness and current long-distance threat Shane Battier.

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30. Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom is a left-handed, 6'10" power forward from Jamaica, NY. Born on November 6th, 1979, he played for St. Thomas Aquinas in New Britian, CT in high school. After earning notice by making the 1997 McDonald's All American team, he played one season with the University of Rhode Island. He scored 17.6 points, grabbed 9.4 boards, and dished out 3.8 assists per game in 1998-99. He declared himself eligible for the 1999 NBA Draft, and was picked in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers, fourth overall.

Odom played four seasons with the Clippers, scoring 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and one steal per appearance. During the 2003 offseason, he signed a six year contract to play for the Heat, for $71,723,313.

Odom started in each of his 80 appearances for the Heat in 2003-04. He scored 17.1 points (team second), collected 9.7 rebounds (team first), distributed 4.1 assists (team third), made 1.1 steals (team third) and rejected a team leading 71 blocks. He also led the team by playing 37.5 minutes per game, and shot 43% from the field and just under 30% from three-point distance. He scored in double figures in 90% of his starts (72-for-80) and posted 37 double doubles. In a 91-88 win over the Memphis Grizzles on December 12th, he scored 29 points with 14 rebounds, three dimes and two steals. In a 102-96 win over the Sacramento Kings on March 6th, he scored a season high 30 points on seven-of-12 shooting with 19 rebounds and 11 assists, leading both teams in all three categories (see below). He scored 26 with 18 boards and four assists on March 26th in a 119-118 overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks. After spending most of the season below .500, the Heat clinched the fourth playoff seed in the East with a 42-40 record. They downed the New Orleans Hornets in seven games before losing to the Indiana Pacers in six. Through the postseason, Odom led the Heat with 512 minutes played, averaging 17 with 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. His best game was Miami's final win, a game four, 100-88 victory over the Pacers. Odom scored 22 points with seven rebounds in 44 minutes.

Lamar Odom (30pts/19rebs/11asts) vs. Kings (2004) (via LamarMatic)

After the playoffs, Miami traded Odom with Caron Butler, Brian Grant, and two draft picks (Jordan Farmar and Renaldas
Seibutis) to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal. Odom played seven seasons in Los Angeles (519 games), scoring 13.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while playing just under three quarters per night. He played with the Mavericks in 2011-12 (50 games) and with the Clippers in 2012-13 (82 games). Unfortunately, he has made headlines this season away from the court with alleged drug use and other infidelities. I guess it's not easy to be on reality tv.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 80 minutes, 37.5 minutes, 17.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks, 18.3 PER, 9.6 win shares.

29. Shane Battier

Shane Battier, a 6'8" small forward from Birmingham, MI, was born on September 9th, 1978. He made the 1997 McDonald's All American Team while attending Detroit Country Day School. He then joined the Duke Blue Devils for four seasons. As a senior, he scored 20 points with 7.3 rebounds per contest. The Memphis Grizzlies selected him in the first round of the 2001 draft with the sixth overall pick.

Battier played five seasons (396 games) with the Grizzlies for his first iteration with the team. He averaged 10.5 points with 4.8 rebounds per game. In the 2006 offseason, he signed on with the Houston Rockets (348 games), playing the next four and a half seasons with the team before rejoining the Grizzlies for 23 games near the end of the 2010-11 season.

On December 9th, 2011, Battier signed a three year contract with the Heat for $9,405,000. He started in 10 of his 65 games at small forward, averaging 23.1 minutes per game. He shot 33.9% from long distance and 38.7% overall, scoring 4.8 points with 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and one steal per game. He scored in double figures seven times and helped the Heat to a 45-20 record while in the rotation. In a 98-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on January 19th, he scored 11 points with six rebounds. He racked up a season high 18 points, shooting six-for-seven three point shots on March 2nd, also blocking four shots, gathering four rebounds, and making three assists in a 99-98 loss to the Utah Jazz (see below). Miami finished the season at 46-20 before defeating the New York Knicks in five, the Indiana Pacers in six, and the Boston Celtics in seven before downing the Oklahoma City Thunder in five to win their second NBA Championship. Battier led the NBA with 110 three point attempts and 42 made. He started 16 times, averaging 33.4 minutes while making an appearance in every game. In game two of the finals, a 100-96 Miami victory, Battier made five-of-seven three point shots, scoring 17 overall.

Shane Battier 6 3 pointers in a row vs Utah Jazz highlights 03/02/2012 (via dorell15)

2012-13 would see Battier start in 20 of his 72 appearances, playing 24.8 minutes and shooting 42% overall (43% from long distance). He scored 6.6 points with 2.3 rebounds and one assist per game. Miami went 59-13 with contributions from Battier, who finished in double figures 16 times. In a 98-93 win over the Denver Nuggets on November 15th, he drained six of seven three point attempts with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. He scored 11 points with six rebounds and two assists on March 8th in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-93. The Heat went 66-16 before eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in four games, and the Chicago Bulls in five before dropping the Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs in seven contests each. Battier appeared 22 times through the playoffs, making 26-of-88 three point shots (.295). He is signed through next season.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 137 games, 24.0 minutes, 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks,
9.7 PER, 9.8 win shares.