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Is Dwight Howard Really the Best Center for the Lakers?

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They started right after LeBron James decided to leave the small market of Cleveland to join his buddies in South Beach. They gained fire when Deron Williams was dealt to the New Jersey Nets after it was clear he did not want to remain in Utah. And they were essentially solidified when Andrew Bynum ended his 2010-11 season by getting ejecting after knowing down J.J. Barea.

The trade rumors involving Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard have gained popularity and everyone is pushing the Lakers to make an effort to acquire Howard. Howard is no doubt the more popular and more celebrated between the two centers, but is he really the better big man?

Howard already has the individual accolades and is perhaps the most feared man amongst opponents. Nevertheless, Andrew Bynum has not had the opportunity to showcase his true talents due to various injuries in his career.

Dwight Howard may be called “Superman,” but is he really the best fit for this Lakers team?

Next: Andrew Bynum- Past, Present and Future

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  • WOW

    This is the shortest article ever. Glad it was because I got nothing out of it. This is on the same level has Abbot/Hollinger. Smh.

  • TheNolanater

    Well let’s put the answer this way Howard is the best center in the NBA right now.
    So, if we can trade our center for him that’s a huge add.
    Bynum is good but never has had any signs of being as good as Howard.
    Plus Bynum hurt a lot, Howard is basically never hurt.

  • Dvirbenzvi

    i prefer Drew,i have a feeling that he gonna have a healthy season (playin with his knee brace and as long as the league would start).he is a great player, he has more post moves then Howard, he understand the game much better and not forgetting that he is a Laker since day one.

  • Dvirbenzvi

    i prefer Drew,i have a feeling that he gonna have a healthy season (playin with his knee brace and as long as the league would start).he is a great player, he has more post moves then Howard, he understand the game much better and not forgetting that he is a Laker since day one.

  • Tt7140

    This article is longer than it needs to be.. Reminds me of college.. U need this ______ many words in your essay. Dwight is a beast period and he doesn’t have all the array of moves that Drew does.

  • Tt7140

    This article is longer than it needs to be.. Reminds me of college.. U need this ______ many words in your essay. Dwight is a beast period and he doesn’t have all the array of moves that Drew does.

  • Fernandezfamily2007

    Pointless article…. Should we trade a good but injury prone center for the best center in the league who never gets hurt? Sounds like a no brainer of course Jim Buss won’t

  • Fernandezfamily2007

    Pointless article…. Should we trade a good but injury prone center for the best center in the league who never gets hurt? Sounds like a no brainer of course Jim Buss won’t

  • Oldmanflow

    At this point Dwight Howard is the best center in the game, but Drew’s not far behind. People are quick to point out that he’s always getting hurt and he’s injury prone. That may be true but he’s no Greg Oden. Andrew has heart and he works hard on improving his game. He wants to be the best center in the game which is a difficult task when you’re the third or sometimes fourt option. The Lakers have a definite size advantage over most teams in the league, yet on many occasions this season they failed to utilize their height advantage. They feed the ball into the bigs for period of time and then go away from it. Howard is the center peice of the Magic offense; it’s his team. If Andrew was put in that same situation you would see a vast improvement because he would be the focal point of the offense and he has a much better low-post game then Howard. Would Dwight Howard still be the best center in the league if he was in Drew’s situation?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489410138 Chad Shimabukuro

      Yes, Howard would be the best if he and Bynum traded places!  

      A few things to point out, from one die hard fan to another:

      a)  Howard and Oden are literally on opposites side of the spectrum in terms of performance, dominance, and health.  Yes, Bynum isn’t a “Greg Oden”, but he’s more Oden than he is Howard.
      b)  Drew’s not far behind Howard as being the best center in the league because the league lacks centers.  He’s one of the better centers, by default.  Just like stats have everything to do with being a dominant player, so should minutes played. 
      c)  “Lakers have a definite size advantage over most teams in the league, yet on many occasions this season they failed to utilize their height advantage…”  Yes, because the Lakers lack speed, quickness, and athleticism.  You can also add a little “heart” to that, too, but that’s a different matter altogether.  If they swapped Bynum for Howard last season you would’ve immediately seen a difference in both offensive and defensive rebounds, which we got killed on in most cases, despite our size.

      • http://yahoo Rondo

        You need to leave that kool aid alone. Bynum will be a better center then Howard starting this year when the offense starts to focus more on Bynum to compare a first option with a third or fouth option is unfair, also you will get the opportunity to see Bynum play with a point guard for the first time in his career. No more Derek Fisher who main job was to keep Ball hog Kobe Fed. With a real point guard Bynum will get more opportunity to excel.Those Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson planned 7 shots for Bynum days are in the rearview mirror!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489410138 Chad Shimabukuro

      Yes, Howard would be the best if he and Bynum traded places!  

      A few things to point out, from one die hard fan to another:

      a)  Howard and Oden are literally on opposites side of the spectrum in terms of performance, dominance, and health.  Yes, Bynum isn’t a “Greg Oden”, but he’s more Oden than he is Howard.
      b)  Drew’s not far behind Howard as being the best center in the league because the league lacks centers.  He’s one of the better centers, by default.  Just like stats have everything to do with being a dominant player, so should minutes played. 
      c)  “Lakers have a definite size advantage over most teams in the league, yet on many occasions this season they failed to utilize their height advantage…”  Yes, because the Lakers lack speed, quickness, and athleticism.  You can also add a little “heart” to that, too, but that’s a different matter altogether.  If they swapped Bynum for Howard last season you would’ve immediately seen a difference in both offensive and defensive rebounds, which we got killed on in most cases, despite our size.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489410138 Chad Shimabukuro

    I’m a life long Laker’s fan, and a overall hoops junkie.  Whenever I read things like this I find other fan’s comments interesting and sometimes amusing.  With the potential and looming lockout, it seems us junkies like us have nothing better to do than play ‘what if’s’.  

    Is Howard better than Bynum?  Are you kidding me?!  Yes, of course he is.  There’s no doubt about it.  None whatsoever.  If you’re one of those who are saying, …”Bynum hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet…”, or, “…in two to three years, Bynum will be the #1 center in the league..”, you’re out of your minds.  Remember why, we as fans, are even going through this lockout to begin with.  BAD CONTRACTS.  It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you sit (owners or players).  There are just too many bad contracts out there.  Why?  Because the league got in the habit of paying players based on potential, rather than what they have and are accomplishing (refer to exhibit B-ynum).  

    Bynum is now a 6 year veteran and has cashed in a total of 332 out of a possible 492 games.  He’s only playing 67% of what we are paying him.  He just recently signed, what in my opinion is a very high contract for the amount of minutes he actually plays.  He’s earned a total of $35mil in his short career, thus far.  If he had played all 492 games (not including playoffs), he earns $71,315 per game.  But because he only plays 67% of his games, he actually earns $105,684 per game.  

    That may not sound like a big difference, but for that amount of money, we could have two decent guys who play most of the year, rather than one HUGE contract for only more than half the year.  

    Likewise, Howard has played a total of 567 out of a possible 574 games!  That’s 99%, people!!!!  The guy hardly misses a game.  Even if he was just a mediocre player that would be an upgrade simply because we have a big body in the paint for the entire season!

    “When he’s on the court, he dominates…”.  Exactly.. WHEN being the key word.  If Bynum was a healthy athlete, and producing like he’s capable of when he’s on the court, I wouldn’t trade him for Howard.  In fact, I think the perspective of Bynum would be an allstar quality if that were the case.  In this situation, if even given the option (which I think Orlando would NOT do), we MUST pull the trigger.

    Howard for Bynum is a no brainer, folks.

    • oldmanflow

      Perhaps you should do a breakdown of Luke Walton’s contract and his contribution since he signed that contract. And if the owners have so much money to spend on these rediculous contracts, how much money are THEY making? We don’t know because they won’t open up the books. Your theory is to get rid of the 2nd best center in the league for a couple of medioce players because he’s had a couple of unfortunate injuries, and because they would be able to make it through the entire season. Well in that case somebody give Kwame Brown and one of the Collin’s twins a call.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489410138 Chad Shimabukuro

    I’m a life long Laker’s fan, and a overall hoops junkie.  Whenever I read things like this I find other fan’s comments interesting and sometimes amusing.  With the potential and looming lockout, it seems us junkies like us have nothing better to do than play ‘what if’s’.  

    Is Howard better than Bynum?  Are you kidding me?!  Yes, of course he is.  There’s no doubt about it.  None whatsoever.  If you’re one of those who are saying, …”Bynum hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet…”, or, “…in two to three years, Bynum will be the #1 center in the league..”, you’re out of your minds.  Remember why, we as fans, are even going through this lockout to begin with.  BAD CONTRACTS.  It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you sit (owners or players).  There are just too many bad contracts out there.  Why?  Because the league got in the habit of paying players based on potential, rather than what they have and are accomplishing (refer to exhibit B-ynum).  

    Bynum is now a 6 year veteran and has cashed in a total of 332 out of a possible 492 games.  He’s only playing 67% of what we are paying him.  He just recently signed, what in my opinion is a very high contract for the amount of minutes he actually plays.  He’s earned a total of $35mil in his short career, thus far.  If he had played all 492 games (not including playoffs), he earns $71,315 per game.  But because he only plays 67% of his games, he actually earns $105,684 per game.  

    That may not sound like a big difference, but for that amount of money, we could have two decent guys who play most of the year, rather than one HUGE contract for only more than half the year.  

    Likewise, Howard has played a total of 567 out of a possible 574 games!  That’s 99%, people!!!!  The guy hardly misses a game.  Even if he was just a mediocre player that would be an upgrade simply because we have a big body in the paint for the entire season!

    “When he’s on the court, he dominates…”.  Exactly.. WHEN being the key word.  If Bynum was a healthy athlete, and producing like he’s capable of when he’s on the court, I wouldn’t trade him for Howard.  In fact, I think the perspective of Bynum would be an allstar quality if that were the case.  In this situation, if even given the option (which I think Orlando would NOT do), we MUST pull the trigger.

    Howard for Bynum is a no brainer, folks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBUZAMFSAD2XVUEHLPVRZUIGM4 quickster

    Andrew Bynum has been collecting cash since his been in the league. It makes me laugh when people say he has some post moves. Yah, it’s called a dunk and sometimes when his underneath the basket it looks like his about to be penalized for a three second violation. Bynum is going to be hurt its just a matter of when. I can’t believe that the lakers have paid him more than Dwight Howard.  We should get Dwight Howard and a point guard. It will prolong Kobe’s career if Kobe decide to pass the ball once in a while. If the lakers keep Bynum we need a good backup center because the one we had was two bodies away from retirement.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T25GSDTFRBNX6WZGKYBNGHDMRQ Margarite

      Do you count Darko’s cash like you count Bynum’s cash? Maybe you need to grow about 7 ft and then you will make millions even if you are a stiff.

    • oldmanflow

      We have a good backup center. His name is Pau Gasol. Theo Ratliff and Joe Smith were there so they would have enough players to scrimmage against in practice and in case of foul trouble or injury. There isn’t one player in the league that plays for free, so why are you giving Drew a hard time for collecting a paycheck. Dwight Howard led the NBA in dunks last season because that’s all he can do offensively: Lobs, put-backs, and power dunks. Anything outside of 3ft from the basket he couldn’t make if he was standing on a ladder. Andrew has a much better low-post game and he can hit the face-up jumper from 15ft. However, you are correct in saying Kobe’s career would be prolonged if he passed the ball more. The talent is already in place, he just has to use it. Mike Brown intends to use the same offense the Spurs used when they had Duncan and Robinson. That should work perfectly with Bynum and Gasol. This will take a load off Kobe and he can save is legs for the 4th quarter, and be well rested going into the playoffs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T25GSDTFRBNX6WZGKYBNGHDMRQ Margarite

    Count me as one of you so called CRAZY ONE’S Bynum will be the better player and is right on target to become a great center. When you have as many stars in front of you as Bynum has, you tend to get overlooked by unaware fans who tend to be led by glitter rather then gold. Let’s put Bynum who’s learn to be a winner in the first option chair then we judge. You can’t become a good player when you have a point guard who’s not a point guard. A guard who’s told to pass the ball to a ballhog who will shoot the hell out of the ball. You can’t judge a 7ft center who gets the ball about 6to7 times a game. With a guy who the number 1 option. that’s not a fair comparison lets see what Bynum does with a real point guard not Fisher, Kobe’s caddie.

  • LordMo

    Yup…No Brainer indeed!

    Superman is a stud whose game has gotten better every year.
    Not saying Bynum has not improved but you really don’t know what he could or can be. In Howard you know that you have the best big man on the planet.

    Also, the Kobe factor is what is the BIG issue here. There is NO WAY Kobe is ever going to defer to Bynum…srry KB24 just ain’t going to buy into that at all….reference the pecking order comment. However, if Superman where to show up then KB24 I think would be more receptive to becoming the second option to a guy he knows is the best big in the game and a future HOF like himself. A player he knows will show up every game like himself all season and will do the little things to win on and off the court.

    Drew has done well and has come a long way. But when you have a chance to get a player of Howards’ caliber then you do it point blank with no questions asked. I believe that you can look for Buss the Elder to step in on this one and point Jimbo in the right direction.

  • LordMo

    13)Really…your calling KB24 a ballhog?

    Dude do you realize that he one of the greatest players of all time. And still is the best player on the planet who has played beaten up thru championship run after championship run.

    Bynum can not even make it thru a whole regular season as the 3rd option on the team with his minutes being carefully monitored. So, tell me what is going to happen to him when we ask him to be the number one option and put heavy minutes on him during the a season. Not to mention the pounding that a number 1 takes in the post from the constant double teams. Do you really think Bynum can take that sort of pounding year in and year out to be our franchise player? Are you willing to bet the franchise on it? Because that is exactly what you would be doing. You made a point in saying that Bynum is playing with stars that are holding him back… but actually they help him tremendously because he does not have to be the focal point of the team nor take the attention of the defense which allows him to have much easier shots. You also said Bynum is going to be the better player and a great center but Howard is already a great player.
    And if I am trying to win now and not waste KB24′s last few years then I go with Howard.

    The best predictor of future behaviour/performance is past behaviour/performance. Based on that I would take Howard who is great any day over Bynum who is good and maybe real good if not great one day but we really don’t know.

    • http://yahoo Rondo

      I am not impress with Howard. And Kobe is a egomanic he tells you that all the time. Kobe is great but his time is coming to an end. He is not the same Kobe and time is not on his side. Bynum will be a much better player then Howard all you so called lakers fans should be glad that Bynum will develope into a better player then overrated no offense Dwight Howard.Some Laker fans are some crazy ass people they wish and hope a good player like Bynum gets injured! Always talking about a past injury when his future looks so bright. Guys you fools need to come out of the past and look to the future!

      • LordMo

        Rondo…

        I don’t wish injury on any1…especially any1 on the Lakers.
        But we are comparing a good player to a great player. The fact that you are not impressed with Howard does not lessen the fact he is a great player.

        Not saying Bynum cannot be great but right now DHoward is the best big on the planet. When Phil Jackson was asked if he could have any center in the league…he stated DHoward would be his choice.

        As far as KB24 goes…I don’t understand what his ego has to do with anything nor do I care. He is still the best player on the planet and once he gets healthy I believe he will prove the talk of his decline is still a bit premature.

  • Hyperivan24

    Dwight Howard is obviously the better center no question, and i think he is a better fit for the Lakers. Its pretty obvious that your pretty biased. Forget about Bynums high school accomplishments, they’re totally irrelevant to what your trying to address, like we can talk about Dwight Howard coming out of High School and his accomplishments, smh. Bynum has potential to be really really good but why keep debating year after year how great Bynum could be when Dwight Howard is already Great. Even if Bynum does get better this season I’d take Dwight over him anyday. Bynum has no legs or feet, his footwork needs a lot of development, he’ll never be as strong as Dwight nor have the quickness that he has. Bynum looks and is younger than Dwight but plays like hes a lot older than Dwight. Plus Bynum would probably rather be on a team where he could be the #1 option an have more opportunities. Also Bynum had 2 chances to showcase his skill set in both championships we won, he choked regardless of injuries. He did good this past off season but id rather have a struggling Bynum and a Consistent Gasol than a struggling Gasol and a Consistent Bynum. Dwight’s stats are great also given the fact that the Orlando Magic’s offense are surrounded by mainly shooters. Dwight would be a better Defensive leader than Bynum and would be set up better along with Kobe & Gasol.  If a trade is imminent that is in favor of the Lakers, id take it but we have bigger things to worry about with our starting point guard spot.

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