When given free reign on this team he averaged 20/5/5 pretty much. Dude was an excellent all round player, much like Lamar, though just more polished, a better shooter, better passer, etc.
Good points. But Lamar Odom has averaged things like 17/9/4 when he was starting on a daily basis, and in this cases he never was surrounded by the cast Kukoc had.
Its clear that Toni was the better shooter but I think they are equal passers, and Odom has the slight edge on rebounding. But I think the mentality is the decisive factor, Odom knows his role and does well, but he doesnt have an extremely competitive mindset to go out and exploit all his talent/potential. Kukoc was more of a winner than Lamar is.
Kukoc was definitely a better passer, I really don't think there is any doubt about that. Watch him playing for the Bulls or even Croatia. He always had a better knack for it than Lamar.
Also, Kukoc was clutch, I'm not so sure about Lamar.
I really aint seeing the passing thing. I didnt watch the second mid 90s Bulls live, but ive watched a lot of games in youtube and Kukoc made a personal impact on me since the beginning, very classy and at the same time working player. If you are talking about flashy passes and style, yes, he was probably better than Lamar. But the averages are equal, doesnt matter if your assists are uglier than others, its an assist after all. Kukoc has a top assist average of 5.3, while Lamar is at 5.9, its pretty equal, if not better Lamar, since he was passing the ball to much less quality players than Kukoc.
I agree about the clutch factor though, it basicly resonates with what I said about mentality, Kukoc has a better winning competitive mindset than Odom.
Lamar, the only things kukoc has on odom is spacing the floor and clutchness while odom takes rebounding and defense. Kukoc being hid on defense and the other team giving an iso on whoever hes guarding was the norm back then. A similar comparison would be between chris mullin and scottie pippen.