Pau Gasol’s Injury Is Exactly What Andrew Bynum Needed

November 15th, 2009 by Will Ayers Jr. Leave a reply »
The Lakers 7-2 start without star big man Pau Gasol should serve as a wake up call to everyone around the league who believed Andrew Bynum could not be a dominate big man in the NBA. 

One of the reasons for Bynum's emergence is the absence of Gasol. Bynum has become the second option in the triangle offense, which has made the fourth-year big man more aggressive.The 22-year-old center has averaged 20.9 points and 11.9 rebounds through nine games, which is why the Lakers sit atop the Pacific Division with the Phoenix Suns.

Bynum's biggest impact has come on the boards. In games against potential playoff opponents like Dallas, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, and Denver, Bynum averaged 9.6 rebounds on the defensive end.

Stopping second chance points is exactly what you need in a conference that plays home to seven of the NBA's top 10 scoring teams. This is something that many had concerns about following Gasol's hamstring injury.

Bynum has also dominated the Western Conference's premiere centers. Against Chris Kaman, Erik Dampier, Nene and Channing Frye, Bynum averaged 21.2 points and 13.2 rebounds.

The budding star also held them ...

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