Feb 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Andrew Bynum watches from the in dress clothes during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Portland 118-113 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers: What’s Andrew Bynum’s Role?

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?


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  • Stephen Ajamie

    As a Pacers fan, I’m very skeptical of the signing. But at the same time, I am willing to be in wait and see mode about it. I want to see Bynum out on the court for what he can do. I don’t think he’ll ruin the culture around here, like he’s seem to have done for Cleveland and Philly as the Pacers have that right leadership here. I’ve said before, give David West five minutes alone with Bynum and I would imagine he’ll get straight about what’s going on. I also feel like Bynum will get that opportunity to prove himself because I don’t know if Larry Bird feels that strongly about Ian Mahinmi, even though he plays solid enough in the back up position, but it could be better.

  • Ronald Mitchell

    Indiana need to come off their snooty ways they act like they are Champions they have won nothing, Bynum has won and deserve a chance. Indiana might benefit having Bynum more then they think!

    • metalhead65

      get over yourself. what are they not supposed to confident about themselves? since when is saying you want the best record so you can have home court advantage in the playoffs trash talking? and saying you believe your team is the best is trash talking? what are they suppose to say we just want to make the playoffs?they may not have won the title yet but having confidence you can does mean they are snooty or trash talking. they have not made any guarantees or insulted anybody so get over it.

      • Ronald Mitchell

        When they win a title then they can talk. other wise having the best winning records mean nothing it about Rings dude.

  • metalhead65

    Bynum vs. oden? seriously? oden will probably be in crutches again and Bynum will only be a big factor if Hibbert is injured or in foul trouble. the Pacers took a chance on him but they are to solid a team to let him be a distraction. if he tries to pull the same stuff he did in philly or Cleveland David West will take care of him before Bird has the chance to cut him. Larry knows what he is doing and took a chance on a guy who if healthy can provide them quality min. of the bench. he will not be asked to be the main guy like he was in his other stops. he won’t even play if he does not get in shape so it’s no lose situation for the Pacers.