bynum.jpgESPN: Andrew Bynum has arrived as a serious contributor to the Lakers. How is he doing it? How can he continue to develop?

Let’s take a look:

Early offense
The Lakers play at the fifth fastest pace in the NBA and Bynum is a beneficiary of their style and speed. He rarely races down the floor, choosing instead to run methodically rim-to-rim (even in transition) and looking to make contact with his defender inside. He occasionally sets a drag screen for the guard but even then he heads right to the paint afterward hoping for the quick lob.

Because the Lakers shoot so well — they have six guys who shoot better than 36 percent from 3, plus Kobe Bryant at 34 percent — Bynum is left alone in the paint. He’s difficult to deny because of the threat of the spin lob (made famous by Shaq), so he can normally get to where he wants to go on the blocks.

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  • Tim

    i wonder how good he will be in a few more years…

  • BEC

    The skys the limit for this kid, if he continues to work hard. What im really curious to see, is if this is just some front for a couple years so he can get his max contract with the Lakers or someone else. The way hes playing now hes going to get paid max money, and he knows that. Once he gets his money, hopefully he still has that fire to improve and be the best he can be and not go south after he gets his money.

  • drake hunter

    BEC
    Jan 12th, 2008 at 4:23 pm
    The skys the limit for this kid, if he continues to work hard. What im really curious to see, is if this is just some front for a couple years so he can get his max contract with the Lakers or someone else. The way hes playing now hes going to get paid max money, and he knows that. Once he gets his money, hopefully he still has that fire to improve and be the best he can be and not go south after he gets his money.

    It doesn’t matter how he’s playing this year. The Lakers viewed him as their future franchise so they would have given him close if not max money regardless when he became a free agent. If they didn’t want to trade him for experienced proven veterans like Boozer, Kid, or O’neal when he sucked azz, that pretty much means they were gonna invest long term in him no matter what he did this year. Him breaking out this year just means the Lakers made the right choice.

  • ab4sure

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    I think money is a motivator but definitely not the sole motivator. He is being groomed by kareem and others who have a good influence in his life, most importantly his mother. Kareem is a key figure in how he develops as a basketball player. Max money??? idk to early to say. He gets alot of security by signing with the lakers early and so he would be willing to take slightly less. Look at Deng and Gordon, they are wishing right now they went for the security. I am sure because they probably won’t get max money. Rashard Lewis was an exception with Orlando because everyone knows he got way overpaid.

    BEC, it does matter how he plays the rest of the year because if he tails off like last year he won’t get max money. Yes, he is the future of the franchise, but performance determines your worth.

    Despite the hatred for the FO here, the FO does try to treat their players and build the lakers into contenders. The trust and belief in Bynum will go along way in signing him to a long term deal. Bynum will sign even if it is slightly less than max which would help the lakers in the long term. Those who thought the FO is just Box office are eating Crow now, because that is not their goal and that includes Jerry “hated by Kobe” Buss. Is Lakernation still on the side of hating Jerry Buss??? I sure hope i don’t hear the I like Mitch but hate Buss. The ultimate goal of Buss is to get to 17 championships before the Celts. I like that. That is mine which is why I didn’t want to trade the “FARM” aka as “Bynum” for a short term Fix.

    BTW, anyone ever see a better dunk by a 7 footer going to the hoop on this video? That was just sic…

  • BEC

    ab,

    “BEC, it does matter how he plays the rest of the year because if he tails off like last year he won’t get max money. Yes, he is the future of the franchise, but performance determines your worth.”

    I never said he didnt, that was drakes comment.

    “Max money??? idk to early to say.”

    Its not too early to say. The way hes playing now, the entire NBA knows how good he is and how good he can be. The fact that hes a big man and insanely young even if he does fall a little bit, hell still get max money, bigs are just that rare. Lakers WILL DO ANYTHING to make him stay. Bulls werent willing to pay Deng and Gordon what they were asking, thats different. In Bynums case, lakers are willing to pay him anything to make him stay. I doubt he’ll take anything less than max money, im pretty sure he will, thats his market value, why would he? But more importantly I dont care what contract he gets, its how he plays after that big contract that interest me. Even with all the positive influences on him, its still Bynums choice to put in the work, its happened many times a player just plays well until he gets his money, money changes people.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Buss knows that championships start at the center position (Shaq, Wilt, Kareem, etc). Buss is going to do everything in his power to keep Bynum. I’m not too worried about Bynum’s motivation. He’s being tutored by one of the greatest centers of all time in Kareem (some would argue the BEST center of all time). In addition to Kareem teaching Bynum how to play basketball, I’m sure Kareem is also instilling in Bynum the desire to win. Kareem always wanted to be the best on the floor and always wanted to win. Magic and Worthy even said Kareem hated to lose more than anyone.

  • ab4sure

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    If they are going to give him Max money than they might want to wait another year like Chicago did. YOu never know what might happen injury, etc.. Bynum will have an incentive to secure his future early and still get close to max. Deng and Gordon risked alot by declining an ext. Also you have a current franchise player… Bynum will be the main guy in a couple of years. Alot will still depend on how he finishes this year, though Drake doesn’t think so.

  • drake hunter

    I said the Lakers will pay him (CLOSE) if not max money regardless of how he performs this year or the next. Read my comments first before you insinuate what I’m thinking AB4SURE!!!!!

  • ab4sure

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    NO DRAKE you need to read more closely.

    You said,”It doesn’t matter how he’s playing this year. The Lakers viewed him as their future franchise so they would have given him close if not max ”
    Let me quote what I said, “Alot will still depend on how he finishes this year, though Drake doesn’t think so”.

    So I say it does depend on how he finishes you say it. We disagree.

    If he tails off this year there is no way he gets max.

  • Michael_23

    The Lakers are not going to give him MAX money for the guy after next year. At the age of 21 or 22 you don’t do that to a very young player. Max contracts are given out to players how have been in the league for a long amount of time.

    Lebron, Wade, and Melo did not get their MAX contracts at the age of 21 or 22. These guys got big contracts but not MAX contracts.

    It’s wayyyyy too early to even consider this guy even getting a huge ccntract. Let’s see how he plays the rest of the season and the playoffs.

    We cannot go on and always be giving super MAX money in our team. We don’t want to end up like the Knicks an we want to leave cap room for good FAs to come.

  • DingleBerry

    he will get max money just on potential alone. if the lakers wont do it some other team will lets not fool ourselves… rashard lewis got the max and he is an average player at best.

  • LEADERFISH

    There is a saying “potential alone gets coaches fired” I will add signing a max deal strictly on “potential alone” will get a GM fired if that player doesn’t pan out. Unless your the GM of the Knicks.

    Max deals must be received by players who prove themselves. Orlando was stupid in signing Lewis to that contract. They probably regret that now because he is avg. 4 pts less and 2 less rebounds than last year while only shooting 43%. Don’t forget he has Howard on his team too

    Bynum must prove himself to get a Max deal or close to a Max deal. The lakers are the only team Bynum can deal with this off season. I am sure they will work out a fair price. We do have Mitch Kupchak who I think has proved himself inspite of the Haters out there.

  • ab4sure

    Drake Don’t you think it is about time you apologize to Mitch for all the negative comments and trashing of Mitch and Bynum on this site??? Man up like DC laker who had the courage to admit he was wrong. Just on one article you practically wanted his head on a platter.

    drake hunter
    It’s so simple. Jermaine O’Neal is not as good as Kevin Garnett and Andrew Bynum is not as good as Al Jefferson. For every risk their is a reward as in what Boston is doing this year. The trade is a mirror image only the quality of players is at a lower tier. So the trade goes as is…Bynum, Kwame, Cook, Crittenton, Vujacic, and 1st rounder to Indiana for JO. We get our three headed monster to go against Bostons and then we’ll see them in the finals! Bynum and Crittenton is the future for Indiana, Kwame and Vujacic fall off the books for them this season, and Cook is another shooter they need in Indiana’s up tempo offense. The trade and salarys work and we’re still loaded with talent. If this goes down, pick up Webber for the minumim like what Detroit did last year and we’re good! “Trade Bynum” If Boston can give up Al Jefferson who progressed far better and faster than how Bynum is doing at the same stages of their career to take a chance for a ring, we can certainly give up Bynum “who is playing good” for JO to see if we can go all the way this year. JO comes here and theirs a good chance Webber could sign here to start center!

    drake hunter
    Nov 14th, 2007 at 2:22 pm
    Its so funny when people on this website trip out and get angry when comments are made about trading Bynum. Bynum is the so called future with potential that he might never meet and Kobe is the great one who can lead us to a championship. Kobe is the present and he’s the cornerstone to the Lakers right now. Bynum is a project that is still progressing at a slow pace. You can’t have your player of the future “Bynum” who may never turn out to be what people think he will be to play on the same team when you have your present “Kobe” who can lead the Lakers to a championship. The team would be in dissaray. Are we rebuilding or playing for a championship? We make these trades not for the sake of Kobe, but for the sake of “WINNING NOW” because thats what it’s all about. Make JO a Laker and compete this season!!!

    Michael_23 you have made a very valid and excellent point. Why are we trying so desperately to invest in Bynum. Build around Kobe and if he walks in two years, Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and Melo are all available and I’m sure we could lure one of them. Bynum will never take us to the promise land, he’s just another pea in the pod. Why are we hanging onto our young guys with potential which I think is lame when I say we take a chance with JO. If it don’t work, sign Bynum “if” or when he’ll ever be good when he’s a free agent again. Steve Nash proved you can go home again and he had lots of potential to be Jason Kidds prodige when Phoenix drafted him and they still traded him. He has no ill will towards them. It’s like some laker fans on this website, I won’t name any names (AB4SURE) thinks we’ll die if we lose Bynum. Grow some marbles and take a chance with JO you freakin moron. I guess you didn’t get the memo. We can always get him later in free agency again or via trade, it doesn’t mean we lose him forever IDIOT! If I’m not mistaken superstars are being dealt left and right these days. If he ever becomes a star, it doesn’t mean he’s untouchable either. Let some other team suffer through Bynums growing pains and “IF” he ever becomes a dominant force in this league, I’m sure the Lakers will come calling. **FYI**…I’m a stupid GM with BALLZ to make a move to see if it improves the team and not sit around and then say the team is improving and Bynum played good but we still have an L in the loss column!!!…If we trade for JO and we still suck, talk all the SHT you want on me. Until then you ain’t no prophet so stop trying to predict what will happen if me make this move or that move cause you don’t know SHT.

    drake hunter
    Nov 14th, 2007 at 6:30 pm
    Everyone keeps saying JO is injury prone or he’s declining or whatever yady yady yah….Who do you want then, let’s “GETGARNETT”, oh wait been there done that! What big man is available right now? JO is 28 going into his prime. Take a chance what could hurt, we lose him to free agency in two years with all his cap space for us to sign another big free agent. Bynum is not like this safety net that will help resurrect this franchise. Theres so many great players in this league. Take a step outside the box for a second, I think we could sign Bosh with all the available space we’ll have if JO walks in 2 years. I’m starting to think Bynum is suppose to be the next superman the way people keep talking about him and his potential. The objective is to “WIN NOW”!

    drake hunter
    Nov 15th, 2007 at 3:21 am
    Bynum is no good to us sitting on the bench. Hey, there must be a reason for that. He doesn’t start or finish games. If’s he such a big difference maker for us why waste his talent during crucial minutes of the game. The reason, he gets lost on defense but he gets an occasional block here and there. This kid still has a lot of maturing to do. He needs to work on his defense and work on his footwork. Let him go and if he blossoms somewhere else, we’ll make a run at him. He needs to go to a different team where he can be their focal point of the offense and get more touches. He won’t prosper being with the Lakers. The offense runs through Kobe. JO for example would never have excelled if he stayed with Portland behind Wallace. Rasheed needed to leave Washington because Webber was occupying the PF. Tracy left Toronto because Vince was their man. Gerald Wallace never had a chance until he left Sacraemento. Steve Nash wouldn’t be who he is now playing behind Jason Kidd. Even Cedric Ceballos became a player coming to the Lakers because he never got a chance in Phoenix. Our offense doesn’t fit Bynum and he’s still fighting for time over Kwame and Mihm. Oh wait, people want to bring him on slowly. You can’t put up monster numbers playing 18 minutes a game and having Kobe on your team unless you were beast like Shaq was. Do him a favor and set him free. “TRADE BYNUM” and spare parts for JO. GO LAKERS!!!!!

    Bynum can’t even beat out Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown for minutes and the starting spot in the lineup. I THINK THAT MATCHES MY SCENARIO ABOVE WITH THE OTHER GUYS IN TRYING TO GET MORE PLAYING AND STUNNING HIS GROWTH TIME DUMBA$$. When ever one of them go down the other one replaces him. What about Bynum, oh lets leave him on the bench to play his 15 – 18 minutes a game. You must be a cashier as your profession because you keep throwing numbers at me. I don’t care about Bynums numbers and what he’s putting up this year because it’s not affecting the outcome of the game. I never see highlights of him on ESPN either. I’ll take JO, KOBE, and LO together. Bynum belongs in the the Lakers D-League or maybe the dumb kid should have gone and played a couple years of college ball first to polish his game. AB4SURE, you should give Bynum a BJ when you drop his paper to his house because your obviously getting it up the a$$ from him as well.

    THESE THINGS YOU SAID LESS THAN 2 MONTHS AGO. YOU SAID THEM ON JUST ONE ARTICLE. YOU HAVE BEEN THE KING OF THROWING CRAP ON BYNUM AND MITCH. ISN’T IT TIME FOR YOU TO APOLOGIZE TO MITCH AND BYNUM???

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    I’m not sure about Melo but Lebron and Wade choose NOT to take MAX money with their respective teams (Cleveland and Miami) but they were offered it. Instead, they choose a three year extension that paid them a lot of money (not max money). I also believe that each can opt-out after the second year. I remember Lebron signed his 3 year deal shocked people because they thought he would sign long term. Lebron was playing it safe by not committing to 7+ years because he wants to see how Cleveland will perform. Shortly thereafter, Wade did the same.

  • LEADERFISH

    Damn Snake Hunter, You did say alot of stuff about Bynum there. WOW!!!! For this kind of apology you will have to send Flowers!!! hehehehehehe

  • LEADERFISH

    Just Kidding Drake….

  • DingleBerry

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    dude get a life. dont be afraid of taking a women out and getting off the site it will be here when you get back…lol

  • ab4sure

    DON’T BE A DINGLEBERRY!!!

  • MILO

    I think Drew will beat Kobe on the allstar votes next season ((((((if he can continue this way))))))

  • MILO

    Wait that didn’t come out right!!!
    ((((((if he can continue this way))))))

  • drake hunter

    AB4SURE…..All I have to say is (WOW)!!!!!!…… First off, I want to state to the entire Lakersnation website and its founders that AB4SURE is officially a total (LOSER)!!! Now back to the situation at hand, with all of my comments and rampage that I’ve done about Bynum in the beginning of the season, as your all witnesses to it by AB4SURE, also know as (MR. NO LIFE), it was credible because he really hadn’t proved anything at that time and so my anger and hatred for him was acceptable. Maybe Bynum finally stepped up his game because I wasn’t the only one, like AB4SURE states, who had doubts about him and he probably heard the criticism about him, so now he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder and he has to prove to the world how good he is or can be. Basically what he’s done is silence his critics and I fall into thjat category. An apology AB4SURE, (I don’t think so buddy)!!!!! The day I apologize is the day Kobe kisses Bynums azz. I’m not gonna apologize for my comments at that time because Bynum at that time Bynum sucked and so my comments were justified. Ask me what I think of Bynum now, I think he’s the real deal and he’s gonna be a great player in this league if he continues to play the way he is. Obviously at the ripe age of 20, he can only get better so as long as he continues to improve we’ll be in a good situation with him. The only thing I will admit is that the Lakers were right in not trading the kid for the KIDD!…HAHA I got jokes! Finally, in conclusion, I am starting to feel sorry you AB4SuRE. I now realize your probably sitting on this website in front of your computer on Friday and Saturday nights in your parents basement eating milk and cookies to no oblige because your comments mean nothing. As for me, when I do get home from partying the night away and sleeping with random girls and decide to give you the time of day, maybe i’ll reply to your funny little comments. It really gives me a good laugh!!!!!HAR HAR HAR

  • ab4sure

    Wow!!!!! I must have touched a nerve… Well, the fact is Your TIRADE ON MITCH AND BYNUM was just in the middle of November and he was already starting to do well since the start of the season. So the only thing you are willing to admit is you were wrong in not trading bynum for kidd. Well that is a good start.

    So you still think Bynum is not as good as Jefferson??? And you still want to trade Bynum, kwame, Critt, and Sasha and a first rounder for JO??? Are you kidding me??? YOUR NOT WILLING TO ADMIT THOSE ARE MISTAKES????

    WOW!!! I am impressed with your weekend exploits. Those who brag about their weekend exploits are usually those who really have nothing to brag about at all.

  • drake hunter

    You must have the 2nd hardest head in the world other than mine when I’m getting a lap dance at the strip club. How hard is it for you to understand my comments? I am not going to recant what I said in the past because what was said was said and whats been done has been done. I still think JO would be a good addition to our squad if he’s available right now. My comments about Bynum now obviously must mean I think of him differently now than how I thought of him before the season. I’m not going to take back what I said but if you read my comment and still think I feel the way I felt about Bynum before, then your not only a loser but very idiotic in your own right. Do you think Kobe still wants to be traded and wants the Lakers to trade Bynum? He never took back his request but I’m sure we all know he doesn’t want to go anywhere anymore and Bynum’s here to stay. Keep in mind that Bynum’s success has alot to do with Kobe and the lakers setting him up for easy buckets. I’m not taking anything away from Bynum but Al Jefferson has been putting up monsters numbers in Boston and Minnesota and theres no one in Minnesota to help him now so I gave the man his due in my comments earlier in the year when Bynum was doing ok whether you like it or not. I still rather have Bynum now because he’s finally proving to be a force in this league. Now that I’ve addressed both your issues about me making mistakes and backed up why I said what I said, maybe your the one so fixated on my comments made before about JO and Jefferson that you can’t realize that my opinions have changed to a certain extent. You want me to admit I was wrong, tell you what, I was really offended that Kobe requested to be traded from the Lakers in the offseason and I took offense to that, so the day Kobe comes to my house and apologizes for wanting to leave the Lakers is the day I will admit I was wrong. Make it easier, he just has to go on TV and apologize to the Laker organization about his comments amd wanting a trade in the offseason and I’ll do the same on this website!

  • BEC

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    You cant instill “fire” “passion”, you cant teach it, you cant learn, either you have it or you dont. Its up to Bynum to choose whether he wants to be the best or good enough just to get the money, we’ll see in time what hes really all about.

  • ab4sure

    I never said that you had to recant. I just had two simple questions and you gave two hundreds words. Are you a politician??? You go to strip clubs, so i guess that could be a possibility. So if your not going to take back what you said previously when you said you wanted to trade him, and you still want to add JO then I guess you still would like to trade Bynum even though you think differently of him. But, then you want to keep Bynum now. What a merry-go-round are your thoughts. Straight talk is better, not political speak.

    Even though you will never admit that you were wrong about both Bynum and Mitch lets just hope we don’t have to see a kobe like tirade from you in the future. I think we both can agree that we are glad Mitch is the GM and not you.

  • drake hunter

    I see you have a lot of growing up to do and maturing. You obviously haven’t experienced much in life. It’s not always black and white son. You want a straight answer go to a gay bar! If I asked you if like cock, I don’t expect you to say yes or no. You asked me if I still wanted to trade Bynum for JO, I didn’t say yes or no and you just assumed I still do after all I said. I cannot waste my time on this website arguing with a kid who cannot fathom an answer that is not straight forward!

  • ab4sure

    Your political speak just a waste of space. I didn’t know you needed to go to a gay bar to get straight answers, but I am not surprised that you knew that.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Bynum is showin, every game that he wants to win and compete. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but when the Lakers play a team that has another competitive big man, Bynum clearly wants to take the challenge. I’ve seen it (I think we all have)!

    I also have to disagree with your comment about how you can’t instill passion/desire for the game in a player. For example, look what Michael Redd said about playing with Kobe this past summer. Redd said that playing with Kobe inspired him to play harder with more passion. When you’re being trained by a hall of famer like Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the all time leading scorer, a man who has won 6 MVP awards, then you’re going to be inspired and listen, just as we have seen Andrew Bynum do.