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The Andrew Bynum exercise: Are teams too focused on wanting five out spacing?


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

  • Rebounding machine

  • 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.

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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

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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?


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