ESPN: 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:
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.