L.A. Lakers: Kobe Will Win His 6th Ring If Bynum Is the 2012 NBA Finals MVP

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may still be the best player on the team's roster, but center Andrew Bynum is arguably wresting away the distinction of the Lakers' most dominant player.

I say arguably because Bryant is having an amazing season in his 16th year as a professional, and the fact that he is capable of leading the league in scoring despite the abundance of youth and talent surrounding him in the NBA is impressive.

However, at this point in his career, Bryant doesn't seem to be as interested in individual accolades as he is in adding to his ring count, and if this is true, then Bryant must understand that Bynum represents the best chance of helping him realize that goal.

Bynum's emergence as a bona fide NBA star may trump Kobe's historic season as the lead story in a year that has been filled with drama for the Lakers, and the addition of point guard Ramon Sessions guarantees there is more to come.

Before Sessions arrived, Bynum was already having the best season of his professional career, but the presence of a pick-and-roll point guard who looks in the post first has helped elevate Bynum's game to elite status.

Bynum is averaging 18.3 points per game, 11.9 rebounds and is shooting 58.3 percent from the field, which ranks second in the NBA.

Bynum's efficiency from the field suggests that he should be the Lakers' first option on offense, but his recent performance against the Los Angeles Clippers confirms it.

In that game, Bynum—who was returning after missing one game due to an ankle sprain—completely obliterated the Clippers front line, scoring 36 points, grabbing eight rebounds and shooting 13-of-20 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.

The Lakers' 113-108 victory over the Clippers was a clear illustration of the simplicity of coach Mike Brown's offensive strategy, and it could be a blue print for the Lakers' path to the ...

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