With the pace and space of today's game, I thougut about if GM's undervalue the skillsets of objectively great players, this had me thinking about Andrew Bynum.
Efficient scorer, a TS% above 60% when he played with less than optimal spacing
A dominate post scorer
Great lob target, those arms got to everything that went up in the air
Those same arms made him a fantastic rim protector, can anchor a solid defense
Solid passer out the post
Not a floor spacer to the 3 point line, isn't someone who attacks closeouts
Wasn't the quickest on the petimeter
Gives any team a massive size advantage
Slows down the game to a grinding hault
With those traits, he was a positive on the floor on both sides of the ball. Lets compare him to other teams' best big and rank them.
76'ers: Joel Embiid vs Andrew Bynum
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo vs Andrew Bynum
Bulls: Nikola Vucevic vs Andrew Bynum
Cavs: Jarrett Allen vs Andrew Bynum
Celtics: Al Horford vs Andrew Bynum
Clippers: Serge Ibaka vs Andrew Bynum
Grizzlies: Jarren Jackson Jr vs Andrew Bynum
Hawks: Clint Capela vs Andrew Bynum
Heat: Bam Adebayo vs Andrew Bynum
Hornets: Mason Plumlee vs Andrew Bynum
Jazz: Rudy Gobert vs Andrew Bynum
Kings: Richaun Holmes vs Andrew Bynum
Knicks: Julius Randle vs Andrew Bynum
Lakers: Anthony Davis vs Andrew Bynum
Magic: Wendell Carter Jr vs Andrew Bynum
Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis vs Andrew Bynum
Nets: Blake Griffin vs Andrew Bynum
Nuggets: Nikola Jokic vs Andrew Bynum
Pacers: Domantas Sabonis vs Andrew Bynum
Pistons: Kelly Olynyk vs Andrew Bynum
Raptors: Pascal Siakam vs Andrew Bynum
Rockets: Christian Wood vs Andrew Bynum
Spurs: Jakob Poeltl vs Andrew Bynum
Suns: DeAndre Ayton vs Andrew Bynum
T-Wolves: Karl-Anthony Towns vs Andrew Bynum
Thunder: Derrick Favors vs Andrew Bynum
T-Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic vs Andrew Bynum
Warriors: Draymond Green vs Andrew Bynum
Wizards: Daniel Gafford vs Andrew Bynum
At worst and most perstimistic view possible, Andrew Bynum is better than 13 of these players. However, there is one glaring flaw in all of this; roster fit. Lets go to the 13 teams that don't have a shot of getting another bigman better than Andrew Bynum on their roster and ask the question about his fit.
Cavs: Is Evan Mobley better at C?
Celtics: Is Robert Williams a better fit for the roster?
Clippers: No true point and want to run five out lineups, is Bynum's paint presence worth it?
Grizzlies: Would Ja Morant need a stretch C, is JJJ's best position at center?
Hornets: Can Bynum fit in a fast paced system around LaMelo Ball?
Kings: Can Bynum fit in a (should be) fast paced system around De'Aaron Fox?
Knicks: Is Mitchell Robinson's athleticism on defense outweigh Bynum's offensive presense?
Nets: Would it be better to have five out spacing instead of Bynum's paint presence?
Pistons: Would it be better to have five out spacing instead of Bynum's paint presence?
Raptors: Does Bynum's paint presence outweigh the defensive versatility that Nick Nurse wants?
Rockets: Alpren Sengun was just drafted, does Bynum take priority over him?
Spurs: With all the slashers, is Bynum prioritized over their freedom to get to the rim?
Thunder: With the roster construction being "positionless", is it worth getting Bynum's paint presence?
Wizards: With the fast paced style, is he a good fit with the roster?