At RealGM, the latest in my series on the NBA's underrated players: Lakers center Andrew Bynum.
Andrew Bynum is 7’0 285. He has a 7’6 wingspan, soft hands, good footwork in the post and solid touch 8-10 feet from the basket.
The vast majority of NBA teams don’t have a player who can guard him. Most centers aren’t strong enough to deny him post position or long enough to contest his shots. Excluding Dwight Howard, the ones who are don’t have the quickness to keep him from spinning off them and getting alley-oops.
Many people close to the Lakers have questioned Bynum’s maturity and leadership ability, but that’s to be expected given his lack of offensive opportunities. As Shaquille O'Neal famously said about his defensive intensity level in Los Angeles: “When you feed the big, the dog will be happy. I can’t run 13 minutes in a game without touching the ball. And if the big dog ain’t me, then the house won’t be guarded -- period.”