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The Dominant Emergence of Andrew Bynum

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With all the trade speculation coming to a forefront in Los Angeles as we head into the closing hours of the trade deadline, there is an emerging opinion among the Laker fanbase. The majority of Laker fans want Andrew Bynum to stay in purple and gold. After the Lakers early and disappointing exit from the post-season last year, L.A. was ready and willing to make a move for Dwight Howard, even if that meant losing Bynum.

However, as time has passed and Laker and NBA fans have simply grown tired of Howard’s indecision and his play of the ‘should I stay or should I go’ game, Bynum has brushed of potential moves and focused on the game. Well, it has definitely paid off. Bynum is having his best season yet, while averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 35.5 minutes per game. Better yet, he is shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Bynum had a huge game against Memphis last night with 37 points (season-high) and 16 rebounds on 15 for 18 shooting, leading the Lakers to a double overtime victory.

His performance in the first half of the season caused him to be voted as the starting All-Star center for the Western Conference in February for the first time in his career. Bynum is now considered by the majority of the basketball community as the second best center in the league, behind none other than Dwight Howard. The biggest reason for this rapid improvement is the fact that he has remained healthy so far this year. The most influential negative with Bynum is that he is prone to injuries, primarily with his knees. With consistent care to his knees, Laker fans hope to avoid another absence of Bynum on the roster due to injury.

However, if you take out the injury risk, which is a real risk for any NBA player to be honest, Bynum’s performance and presence not only affects the opposing team, but the rest of the Lakers as well. Bynum simply has the ability to make his teammates around him better. Take for example Pau Gasol. Bynum’s presence in the line-up allows Gasol to play his preferred style of ball. Despite being a seven footer, it is no secret that Pau is not comfortable playing the center position. Bynum can play the low-post while Gasol can float around the paint and even take a couple of outside jumpers.

Then take Bynum’s affect on Kobe Bryant. Kobe draws the most attention from the defense, that is a given. Therefore, that opens up easy opportunities for Bynum in the post or for an easy lob. We all witnessed how this can work in last Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics. Instead of taking the shot in clutch time, which was expected, Kobe threw it to Bynum in the paint for a turnaround shot. In fact, Bynum’s clutch shot revealed an interesting stat as reported by the NBA.com’s John Schuhumann as shown below.

However, it turns out that this stat was corrected to 24 out of 28 attempts later on. Yet, I think all Laker fans would not pass up on a 85.7 percent in clutch situations. Not only has there been an incredible increase of trust between Kobe and Bynum, but there is a great deal of trust in Bynum with Mike Brown as well. This is illustrated during game when rotations are used with the reserves. Barnes, Goudelock, Blake and Murphy seem to perform at their best when Bynum is leading this set rotation. During this time, the offense primarily runs through Bynum and his ability to lead is becoming stronger on a nightly basis.

Bynum is proving to be a major asset in many facets of the team. While we still are uncertain what the fate of Gasol is, know that Bynum will not be going anywhere and will not be going anywhere unless Dwight Howard decides to sign with the Lakers for a long-term contract. However, the majority amount of fans want the Lakers to keep Bynum even if Howard chooses to join LA. The most promising aspect of Bynum is that he is years away from reaching his prime. This is the main reason why the Orlando Magic wanted the Lakers to return to the table to discuss a possible trade. However, the Lakers are very hesitant to do this and will most likely stick with their growing star for the long haul, Andrew Bynum.

 

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  • steven

    I have seen so many articles like this the past two days, and they all use way too simplified of a perspective. “OMG Bynum is playing great!! No way we should trade him!!!!” Well obviously we shouldn’t just give him away. Who is the one player that Bynum has been rumored to be traded for?
    DWIGHT HOWARD
    The Lakers would be insane to not do a deal for Dwight Howard if Bynum is the only major piece involved. Howard is head and shoulder the best center in the NBA, Bynum a distant 2nd. And the idea that injury is a risk to any player, therefor we shouldn’t worry about Bynum is laughable. Bynum is a brittle body that gets injured every year after he starts playing well down the stretch. Howard has played almost every single game of his career. He is an ox who never gets hurt, and that alone makes him infinitely more valuable than Bynum.
    Also, while Bynum has shown brilliant flashed that past few weeks, Howard does that on a regular basis. Just look at last night: 24 points, 25 rebounds, against the Miami Heat on 13 shots. Howard even record a 40-20 game! this season! FORTY-FIVE POINTS and TWENTY-THREE REBOUNDS. Are you kidding me?
    I love what Bynum has shown us and think he will be great for the Lakers for a long time (barring the very possible injuries) if a Howard deal doesn’t go through, but the Lakers would be absolutely insane to not move Bynum is Howard is on the table.

    • boi

       I get your argument. but Dwight has no one else on his team that rebounds like he can, Ryan Anderson? please. Dwight is the undisputed first option on a decent Orlando squad. Bynum is putting up numbers with Kobe Bryant shooting the fk out the ball, and Pau Gasol competing for rebounds as well. Bynum is a more reliable offensive option. but of course Dwight trumps him defensively because of his natural athletic ability.

      id rather have Bynum though. why? dwight is a drama queen. he wants all the attention to himself. he does not wanna play for chicago…why? he wanted to be THE man. he wasnt gnna play 2nd to DRose. obviously, hes not playing to win. he wants attention, he wants fame. Bynum is a workhorse, and hes doing everything in his power to stay in shape, improve his game, and improve his ability to lead. Bynum is the future for us.

    • boi

       I get your argument. but Dwight has no one else on his team that rebounds like he can, Ryan Anderson? please. Dwight is the undisputed first option on a decent Orlando squad. Bynum is putting up numbers with Kobe Bryant shooting the fk out the ball, and Pau Gasol competing for rebounds as well. Bynum is a more reliable offensive option. but of course Dwight trumps him defensively because of his natural athletic ability.

      id rather have Bynum though. why? dwight is a drama queen. he wants all the attention to himself. he does not wanna play for chicago…why? he wanted to be THE man. he wasnt gnna play 2nd to DRose. obviously, hes not playing to win. he wants attention, he wants fame. Bynum is a workhorse, and hes doing everything in his power to stay in shape, improve his game, and improve his ability to lead. Bynum is the future for us.

    • http://twitter.com/isaacbai Isaac Bai

      howard does not want to sign a long term with the lakers, so just rent him for a couple of months and give away one of the best centers in the league? are you kidding?

  • Avrilashlee06

    dont trade pau…!!

  • Don1983

    I would still trade Bynum and a pick, including a player for Howard. In terms of revenue after Kobe leaves, Dwight is a cash machine. However i highly doubt the Magic will take the deal, and the Lakers arent dumb enough to give up anything without an extension. Bynum has been out of this world as of late, but his injury history is what scares my ass. I just hope he stays healthy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001366824798 Misael Flamenco

       there is no way the lakers will trade bynum, hes healthy and better then ever! Pau on the other hand is just not bringing his best so far this season. his average score dropped too 2 points this season

  • http://twitter.com/Extensor Extensor Jones

    “Kobe threw it to Bynum” – Actually, it was Metta that passed to Bynum on that play.

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