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