It seems a though a lot of people are jumping on the Andrew Bynum bandwagon. It’s easy to do when he’s putting up double-doubles, showing a vast array of post moves, and grabbing 30 rebounds in a game, but these same people questioned whether or not he had what it takes to be a Laker a few weeks ago when he and Mike Brown weren’t getting along.
Bynum has captivating talent that has been overshadowed by injuries in his young career. The fact that he is enjoying his best season in the NBA (18.8 points, and 12.2 rebounds a game) does not make him the best center in basketball.
Dwight Howard has been distracted by trade talks all season as well as where he will be playing in the future. He is still enjoying a good season at 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. To be fair to Bynum’s numbers would be even higher if he wasn’t on the same team as Kobe Bryant who isn’t always willing to distribute the ball.
Howard is currently nursing a back injury that could keep him out for the remainder of the season. Bryant is also injured, which means Bynum has been able to shine the last few games. A healthy and motivated Howard is still only 26 years old and on the rise of his career. Bynum is 24 and having his best season, which is still not up to the level of Howard’s “down year” he’s having.
Sometimes it gets forgotten that Howard is only two years older than Bynum because he’s been successful in the NBA for so much longer. Howard might lack some of the post moves Bynum possess, but what he lacks there he more than makes up for it with his rebounding and shear power. I’m not even sure it’s fair to say that Bynum has a higher ceiling because his last couple performances are probably the best he can do.
With all that being said the argument doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Both Bynum and Howard are young stars that can alter any game. With a new team and coach around him Howard could win a championship. The question that needs to be debated won’t be able to be answered until a few years from now, and that’s which one ended up as the better player throughout there whole careers.