Howard vs. Bynum: Injuries and Super Factor Are All That Separates Star Centers

I have always been a fan and supporter of Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum and will remain so as long as Bynum is with the team. But if the opportunity to acquire Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard presents itself I would still pounce.

And I will not be swayed by delusional Lakers fans who suggest Bynum has somehow proved himself after a paltry four games.

It's true that Bynum has been playing phenomenal basketball as of late, and his 22.3 points per game, 15.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 60 percent shooting from the field are certainly impressive.

Bynum's return from suspension has re-energized forward Pau Gasol and cemented the tandem as one of the league's top interior duos.

And after eight games the Lakers are still only 4-4.

The Lakers may or may not be as mediocre as their record suggests, but Bynum's glowing numbers have yet to really reflect in the win-loss column.

Bynum's first career 20 point, 20 rebound game against a small Houston Rockets team has been pointed to as a sign of Bynum's arrival as a legitimate NBA superstar, but his feat pales in comparison to Howard.

Howard has been credited with 33 20-20 games in his career, but his dominance on the court goes much deeper than any numbers can measure.

Some people argue that Bynum is a more fundamentally skilled player than Howard, and I would even go a step further and say that Bynum possess natural instincts in the paint that Howard never will.

However Bynum's skill and natural instincts cannot match Howard's brute strength, athleticism and uncanny ability to impact a game without scoring a point.

In the Lakers recent 107-96 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers guard Raymond Felton and forward Gerald Wallace constantly challenged the bigger Lakers at the rim, and Bynum altered many of their shots.

But the same shots Bynum altered Howard would have blocked.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers