Andrew Bynum: Big Man Must Come Up Big in Lakers’ Three-Peat Bid

September 19th, 2010 by Emile Avanessian Leave a reply »
With all due respect to Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum is the most skilled pure center in the NBA. It’s now time for him to take that next step.

If the Lakers are going to complete the fourth three-peat of Phil Jackson’s career, and the second of Kobe Bryant’s, Andrew Bynum must play a major role.

In five professional seasons, Bynum, who doesn’t turn 23 years old until October 27, has matured physically and, with the help of a legend, refined his low-post game.

Over the past three seasons, Bynum’s shown himself to be physically gifted, incredibly skilled, and occasionally dominant. He’s come a long way since Kobe Bryant publicly lamented the franchise’s reluctance to trade him in exchange for Jason Kidd. 

He’s put in the work and developed his game. What more do the Lakers need from Andrew Bynum to complete the three-peat?

First and foremost, he must stay on the floor. Over the past three years, injuries have robbed him of 96 regular season games, cost him the entire 2008 postseason, and limited him to less than 18 minutes per game in the Lakers’ 2009 title run.

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