I don't think top 10 is out of the question (as far as centers go). Honestly I couldn't name 9 other centers in the league that are unquestionably better than Bynum.
1) Dwight Howard
2) Yao Ming
3) Andrew Bynum
The Lakers were only 2 games away from winning the whole thing with no Bynum. I don't think Bynum has to set the world on fire to put the Lakers over the top right now and for a bit to come.
Yes. I'm really talking about what Bynum will need to be down the road, for the Lakers to still be winning titles. They could possibly win without Bynum at all over the next 3-5 years; but, we've seen that Kobe needs the help of a consistent scorer - as opposed to simply having spot shooters - because when the defense tightens up, guys like Odom and Gasol are not quite as effective.
Bynum can possibly turn into a guy that you can count on for 20+ points, no matter what type of defense is being played. And if he does that, then it takes some of the pressure off of Kobe.
Hopefully, we'll be able to add another wing-scorer over the next few years. We need a go-to scorer, that we can count on against any defense. Right now, outside of Kobe, I'm not convinced we have that - at least not from the wing.