If you missed it, Andrew Bynum is with the Indiana Pacers for the remainder of the season. A once dominating force in basketball and at one point arguably top two in the world at his position, Bynum is now a backup center. Where he lies in the rotation is still a question. He isn’t taking minutes away from the likely Defensive Player of the Year and I’m still under the impression that Ian Mahinmi is a safer option to play backup center minutes. But, again, the word upside will always float around. Bynum’s “upside” is higher than Mahinmi’s. But Bynum displayed none of the possible upside during his short stay in Cleveland.
Andrew Bynum has had a more than disappointing start to his first season back after missing the entire 2012-2013 season due to a knee injury. Before his injury, he was a key piece to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ championship teams in 2009 and 2010. In 24 games this season, Bynum averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks. That is mightily lower than what he recorded in Los Angeles, where he nearly averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pacers are huge. And they just got a lot bigger inside. If things go stagnant in Indiana’s second unit, which they tend to do, a post-up with Bynum’s mammoth frame won’t hurt. Indiana could use another option in the second-unit besides Lance doing Lance things.
At the end of the day, this signing doesn’t hurt. David West and company have already stated that Bynum can either contribute or get out. Bynum also said he is looking to fit in to the culture.
Bynum vs. Oden in the Eastern Conference Finals anybody?