The quintessential triangle player is the player who has mastered the key offensive fundamentals of basketball: shooting, passing, dribbling and the underemployed post-up game.
Unfortunately, this team also needs a serious dose of defensive ability and athleticism.
Finding an athlete who can shoot, pass, dribble, and post-up is incredibly difficult. Wait, AND he has to play defense? Nearly an impossible task. There needs to be a sacrifice somewhere.
In my opinion, this should be our priority level, in a prospective SF, when it comes to each aforementioned quality:
On this team, the 3 man is most often a finisher - whether it be from the perimeter or inside off a ball cut. While basic passing is always important in basketball, and especially in the triangle, I believe it is a quality we can overlook with numerous facilitators already present on the team: Walton, Fisher, Bryant, and Gasol (all can facilitate the offense from various locations). With our front court, and the best rebounding 2 man in the league today, getting on the boards is not a major issue to address here. As far as the post game goes, there simply is no room on the block assuming Bynum, Kobe, and Gasol are all healthy next year.
You want to find the perfect fit for L.A. at the 3? Start with players who possess qualities 1 and 2 from the list above. I think you'll find out exactly how RARE that particular package is.
Is it for that reason, only in part, that I do not expect Odom to be dealt. What they want is extremely rare, extremely valuable, and Odom's contract situation only appeals to a certain brand of team which limits trading partners.
BUT! We can always dream.