McGrady the favorite to repeat

When the regular season begins, who will have the freedom and team structure to challenge for the scoring title?

Updated: October 16, 2003, 11:20 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
On Tuesday night, Lamar Odom scored 31 points, including the game-winner at the buzzer, to go along with 14 rebounds and five assists.

Rashard Lewis is leading the league at 23.7 points per game. Two behind him is last year's Sixthman of the Year runner-up Michael Redd at 20.5 followed by point guard Jamal Crawford at 19.5 and rookie Carmelo Anthony at 19 even.

And how can we forget about Joe Johnson leading the entire Phoenix Sun contingent, you know, Stephon Marbury, Shawn Marion and reigning rookie of the year Amare Stoudemire, in scoring at 18.3 points per game.


But the difference between Odom, as well as many others, during the preseason and Odom during the regular season is summed up by Heat head coach Pat Riley.