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Fresh Fit: Lamar Odom 'pretty close' but far away

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It’s been 25 games and the Mavs are still waiting and hoping for some kind of consistent contributions from Lamar Odom.

Even the most optimistic folks can’t expect Odom to make the kind of impact that he did as a Sixth Man of the Year for the Lakers last season. At this point, it would be a tremendous boost for the Mavs if Odom could become a productive 20-minute-per-night player.

Odom provided hope with his Jan. 27 performance against the Jazz, when he scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a win without Dirk Nowitzki. That outing, however, has been an exception.

Odom has a total of 24 points on 8-of-26 shooting in four games since that night.

If you’re searching for positives, Odom has three assists in each of the last two games. He’s been relatively active, averaging 5.3 rebounds in 20.5 minutes. He says he physically feels much better, having worked his way into something resembling NBA shape.

“I’m pretty close,” Odom said.

It’s just hard to tell from his offensive production.