NBA Playoffs 2011: Andrew Bynum Is a Better Big Man Than Dwight Howard

Andrew Bynum is a better big man than Dwight Howard.

I'll say it again, with a subtle pretext.  If his knee holds up, Andrew Bynum is a better big man than Dwight Howard.

At first glance, this fact seems to evade every available statistic and metric.  After all, Dwight Howard is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, five-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA First Team and a Slam Dunk champion.  On top of that, he has led the league in rebounds/game three times, blocks twice and double-doubles twice.

Aside from leading the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009, he also started and won a gold medal with the undefeated "Redeem Team" in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

On the court, Howard is a physical specimen that looks as if he was drawn by Stan Lee.

In a comparison of accolades, there is little question that Howard has the edge.  Bynum has never been an All-Star, has not led the league in any statistic and never even made a All-NBA Third Team.  He does, however, have two championships.  

In 2010, he was an integral piece of the Lakers championship run.  Despite a crippling knee injury, he started all 23 games.

How is it possible then, that he is a better big man than Dwight Howard?

In the second half of the 2010-11 season and the 2011 playoffs, Bynum has become the most important piece of the front runner Los Angeles Lakers.  At times, he seems to have eclipsed even Kobe as the go-to guy on both ends of the court.

He contests every single shot.  He dominates the offensive and defensive glass. His post moves have become the Lakers most reliable offense.  Bynum's post moves and soft touch around the rim unquestionably dominate almost any matchup.

Although Howard's postgame is befittingly aggrandized, he seems to lack Bynum's soft touch and self-control on the court and around the rim.  


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