Bynum a better Team USA pick than Oden

    Big Bynum getting some love.

    NBA.com: The Insurance Big Man
    My Candidates: Greg Oden and Andrew Bynum

    This one is tough given that oft-injured Bynum may never develop into the type of big man many of us suspect he can be and Oden is foul-machine, which doesn’t mesh with the whistle-happy FIBA refs. But the Insurance Big Man will play a bit role in 2010, given that Howard, Bosh, Melo, ‘Bron and Durant will gobble up most of the minutes at the 4 and 5.

    I’m using this roster spot for development.

    If Oden and Bynum get a summer of teaching and experience in Turkey, then think about how strong the Team USA big man corps will be for the London Olympics in 2012.

    I’m in the camp that thinks Bynum, more than any other young center (including Howard) has the best chance to be a “dump-it-down” center — as in, “dump it down to the big man and let him and wheel and deal.” Those weeks prior to his 2008 and 2009 injuries were like future dump-it-down highlight reels. Turnarounds, jump hooks, drop steps — he’s even developing a semi-reliable 12-footer. Unfortunately, Bynum has yet to participate in a Team USA minicamp and Colangelo and Coach K have placed a premium on the FIBA familiarity they try to foster at the camps.

    For me though, I like covering bases. Oden has a similar skill set to Dwight — active defenders and rebounders, weak O-games (which is why Kendrick Perkins, Emeka Okafor and a healthy Tyson Chandler don’t make sense here, either). A Howard-Bynum tandem means that you could play offense-defense with your center combo. I like that … I like that a lot.

    My Pick: Bynum

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    • toon

      Haha, yeah that’s what I thought too. Bynum has the most potential to be that “dump it down to him” kind of center.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

      Kinda embarrassing that they think this ones debatable. Is it my bias or does Bynum just simply have a better all around game. Good point with the foul happy FIBA refs though.

    • laker fan who hates flukes

      although bynum isnt that good better him than that draft buss oden.

    • JohnJohn

      Oden looks like his daddy is sascuatch. Andrew is Bynomite…look for him to avg 15 pts 12 rebs 2 blocks a game to make his first all star team. Lakers have a chance to have for players selected to go to the all star game. Kobe, Gasol, Artest, Bynum, maybe Odom.

    • Sean All Ivy

      Just look at bynum those games the few days before his second injury. Shades of greatness. He will be a straight up baller.

    • all star squad

      maybe if we go undefeated or only like 2 mybe 3 loses up untill the allstar break we can make a case for bynum artest kobe odom and bynum to be allstars…but if we dont owell our goal is the title and thats all that really matters…welcome bac L.O

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