Will Andrew Bynum Be The Top Center of the Next Decade?

November 13th, 2009 by Matt Smith Leave a reply »
I know it's early in the season, but have you seen Andrew Bynum?  

This young man is coming of age, showing skills, solid footwork, and great hands, he's got the look of an All-Star.  So I ask this question, knowing I may be putting premature pressure on the big fella: can he be the best center in the league?  

As of now that title belongs to Dwight Howard aka Superman 2 and deservedly so.  

Howard is the best defensive big man in the league and is an explosive athlete who is developing his offensive game.  Howard is also a gold medalist and the leader of a franchise which comes with much more pressure than Mr. Bynum has to deal with.

That being said, when I look at the current level of both players and their potential to improve (if both remain healthy), I see Bynum having more upside.  It seems to me that Howard relies on his superior athleticism to dominate his opponent while Bynum looks to have superior touch and footwork.  Being the better athlete can be effective, but that doesn't last as long as having great skills.  

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, it has been well publicized, has been Bynum's personal coach for a ...

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