Howard Or Bynum … For The Future?





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – This is a dangerous game to play with such a small sample size and this penchant of ours to rush to judge based on the emotion of what we’ve just seen, as opposed to what history has taught us and reality will in the future.

But after watching Andrew Bynum serve as the Lakers’ primary option for the fifth straight game (while Kobe Bryant rests) and Bynum look and play like the No. 1 option the Lakers hoped he would when they gambled on the 7-foot higher schooler years ago, the thought has crossed our minds a time or two.

Is Bynum ready to assume the position as the future centerpiece of one of the proudest franchises in all of sports? And, perhaps even more importantly within the realm of the NBA, is he ready to seriously challenge Dwight Howard as the league’s premier center?

TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal has been making the argument for a while now, that Bynum, and not Howard, is the league’s best big man. We’ve pushed back on that theory for obvious reasons leading up to now. Howard has served as the focal point of a franchise, the leader (whether you he realized it or not) of a team that was capable of playing for a championship in 2009.

Bynum has always been an accessory, to Bryant and Pau Gasol … until this season. He has clearly moved ahead of Gasol on the Lakers’ pecking order. And his work in Bryant’s absence has been a shining of example of what could be, if Bynum shakes the health issues that have dogged his career to this point and continues his rise.

As for challenging Howard, ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande says that if we are scoring the fight this morning, Bynum wins a tight one based on his being healthier (Howard has a bad back that could cost the Magic whatever shred of hope they had left), more productive and having less coaching baggage:

Quite simply, Bynum gives the Lakers the best inside option in the league. Oklahoma City doesn’t have an answer for him, although the question in that playoff series would be whether the Lakers can keep up with Russell Westbrook and the speedy Thunder. Bynum dominated the San Antonio Spurs last week to the tune of 30 rebounds.

Even if he doesn’t repeat the statistical feat in their next meeting Tuesday night at Staples Center, if he controls the paint again it could leave the Spurs praying they don’t see the Lakers in Round 2 of the playoffs. A Lakers-Grizzlies matchup in the first round could be San Antonio’s solution, since Memphis can go inside to Zach Randolph while harassing Kobe with their Tony Allen-led perimeter defense.

Is it possible that as good as Bynum thinks he is, as many perks as he believes he’s entitled to, that he doesn’t fully comprehend how great his impact on the playoffs could be? He has never been asked to carry a team in the playoffs. He won’t automatically get the most shots anymore when Kobe comes back from this shin injury (“sooner” currently has better odds than “later,” from what I hear) but maybe he will leave Kobe and the rest of his Lakers teammates with no choice.

As the streamers fell to the floor immediately after this 112-108 victory Mike Brown stopped Bynum on the court to make sure he understood the implications of his 23-point, 16-rebound game. He told Bynum much of the same things he told the media a few minutes later.

“Andrew Bynum was a monster today,” Brown said. “He was an absolute monster today.”

He told him he could be that good whenever he wants, he can be as important a part of what the Lakers do in the playoffs as he desires.

That’s a big jump from a player who saw limited action in his first two playoffs, limped to the finish in his third. All of those hours of rehab, all of that work to develop his footwork and post game, it’s a shame he hasn’t let that become the narrative, rather than his immature outbursts.

“I’m just focused on what’s coming next,” Bynum said. “Just living, playing in next breath, next play, next minute.”

We’re glad Bynum mentioned next. Because as interesting as it is to wonder who is better now, it really only matters who is better between he and Howard in the future.

They are both young enough that you can project their impact over the course of the next eight to 10 years, when they’d both be in their mid-30s. As they reach what will be their physical primes, who will be the superior player?

Bynum has the edge in skill while Howard has always been the more athletic and more imposing defender.

So if you had to choose for the future only, who would you take?:


181 Comments

  1. sisighawan says:

    maybe we should compare bynum to greg olden and yao ming? Full of potential and talent but is unfortunate they are prone to injuries.

    Still these are not hall of fame materials

  2. sisighawan says:

    As much as everyone is giving praises to bynum’s ability, potentials still what is more prominent in his career is his injury plagues. Until this is proven and that he can be healthy for a long period of time,these good comments of him are just hypothetical or for short term. Give credit to howard for being in the game everyday and proving he is the best center day in and day out. Talent wise maybe bynum is better but he is not built for the physical needs of being compared to great centers of all time like howard is. Bynum is good but until he proves he could be a warrior both mentally and physically, he could never be a true all time center for nba which is howard currently doing right now

  3. Matthew says:

    bynum all the way

  4. NBAfan says:

    Howard, for sure. You look at him and you can tell he can dominate the game. Bynum…could be hit and miss. Plus Bynum has had injury problems, but Howard is built like Superman. Bynum also has the benefit of playing with Pau and he doesn’t have the defense’s sole attention. While Dwight is the only guy down low for the Magics. Defense and Rebounding, it’s gotta be Dwight. Offensively, it’s Bynum. Maturity…neither of them.

    The only way I will choose Bynum over Dwight is if he shows he is absolutely unstoppable like Shaq was down low…but I just don’t see that. Even Shaq needed a good perimeter player (Penny, Kobe, Wade) to do well.

  5. bruiser says:

    Some of you act like Bynum got hurt on purpose, like it is a personality flaw. Injuries are accidents and they can happen to anybody. Dwight Howard isn’t really Superman, he has just been extremely fortunate to not get hurt. Now he has a herniated disc. We have seen Bynum limp through the playoffs in pain and still win the rings. You have never seen Dwight play with an injury. Now we can see a fair comparison. Also, it is easier to be a star when you are the only all-star on the team. Put Dwight on a team with another all-star 7-footer and the leagues leading scorer and watch his numbers go down.

  6. ray says:

    has to be Howard, Howard is keeping the magic in the upper East playoff race (now he’s injured) with the next best star being Ryan Anderson or Jameer Nelson. Bynum however, is not even his teams number one option because they have another MVP canidate in kobe byrant and they also have pau gasol. Throw in his DPOY awards as well as many other statistics and you see dwight is the clear winner for now or the future.

  7. Tobias says:

    Andrew Bynum has been noticeably better this year than Dwight Howard. They have both had their stints this season off court but physically Bynum is taller and he just knows what to do on the court a little bit more than DH12. Bynum’s excellence has been complemented with the smart, veteran play by his teammates. Everyone on the Lakers team is performing great at the moment, the Magic on the other hand are too inconsistent not just on the court, but their mental health and injuries.

  8. ZULU says:

    The game isn’t played by individuals. As a Laker guy all the way in a perfect world I would take Howard in a heart beat. We have not seen all that he (Howard) can be if surrounded by better players. Koobeee, Gaaasolll, Metta World Peace, Sessions and the many others who have come n gone since Bynum has been in La-La Land…..

  9. SYDALE says:

    Dwight Howard is the superior player… For all of Bynum’s superior offensive game… Howard still averages more points per game, and shoots a higher field goal percentage… couple that with the fact that Dwight gets more rebounds per game and dominates the defensive end of the court, and there is no doubt about who is better…

    I doubt that Howard’s back problems are that great… they’re just saving him for the playoffs… Whereas Bynum’s knees are a ticking time bomb…

  10. phillip says:

    conversation void, oh for the 90s when there were a plethora of options for this topic, and id still take the 4th or 5th best one over both of these dudes, But for conversations sake more duels between the big boppers would help in deciding whos no1. So I dont think anyone knows and nor does it matter (except for egos of course). Greg Monroe in a couple of years (not a detroit fan) is who ill have as my number one stay tuned………..

  11. brian says:

    bynum is better player than howard! but Howard(defensive)+kobe(offensive) is better than bynum+kobe! make sense?

  12. prix says:

    DH is the best center hands down. Bynum will keep shooting 3s and he will also do that a few times in the playoffs

  13. There are obviously a lot of Laker fans on this post. Everyone has temporarily forgotten about Bynum’s knees. When they give out…and it will be a matter of when not if, we will all go back to the durability of DH.

    By the way, everyone including the Bulls want Howard, why should the Heat be any different?

  14. Clinton says:

    i hate Andrew bynum but with all fairness, Andrew bynum is a better player than Howard , Andrew bynum is a more complete player because he can do what Howard can do and he is also a better scorer than Howard, also he makes is free throws compare to Howard who tends to miss a lot of free throws. but on the other hand, if you are just looking for a big defensive player and not a scorer, then go with Howard. but. Andrew bynum is a complete all-around player.

  15. kakarot says:

    HEAT again? i agree to those who said that “how many more stars do the heat need to win championships?” LOL! Get Howard and Nash/Williams then maybe you could win a gold medal but not a “RING”! Poor WADE and LEBRON, their own heat fans doesn’t trust them by saying and suggesting to get more STARS LOL!

    BTW, Bynum!

  16. ibukun says:

    Bynum is bigger and longer than Howard, but never was as healthy or durable. Howard is playing without the supporting cast Bynum had the last few years (Bryant, Odom, Gasol, Artest), Orlando just has a lot of good or arguably great shooters. Howard has never won a championship but he has earned 3 straight DPOTY awards. Howard is a multiple All-Star, Bynum just made his first All Star WE this season. You cannot definitively say whether Howard or Bynum is a better / more effective player. The only way to do that would be to alternate playing them every game for the same team which is impossible.

    It’s pointless to argue who the better player is. They play each other only twice per season and anyone of them can probably dominate the other in this match-up. I would pick Howard before Bynum only because he is more durable and not prone to injuries. Anyway if one of them breaks his foot/ankle next season there is an automatic winner rendering this discussion mute which i think it ultimately is already

  17. Baller says:

    Bynum is bigger and longer than Howard, but never was as healthy or durable. Howard is playing without the supporting cast Bynum had the last few years (Bryant, Odom, Gasol, Artest), Orlando just has a lot of good or arguably great shooters. Howard has never won a championship but he has earned 3 straight DPOTY awards. Howard is a multiple All-Star, Bynum just made his first All Star WE this season. You cannot definitively say whether Howard or Bynum is a better / more effective player. The only way to do that would be to alternate playing them every game for the same team which is impossible.

    It’s pointless to argue who the better player is. They play each other only twice per season and anyone of them can probably dominate the other in this match-up. I would pick Howard before Bynum only because he is more durable and not prone to injuries. Anyway if one of them breaks his foot/ankle next season there is an automatic winner rendering this discussion mute which i think it ultimately is already

    Can you definitely say Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing or David Robinson was the best player out of the three?

    No you can’t.

  18. ee says:

    bynums iq worries me i choose howard because bynum might be mentally retarded by iq standards

  19. bittlejuice_41 says:

    wait until next year when dwight howard and deron williams joins dirk nowitzki in dallas..surely your expertations about andrew bynum will gone like smoke..andrew bynum is not a main man material..he has attitude problems and he not win a championships without kobe bryant as the man for the lakers..the only thing missing in dwight howard career in the nba is a championship, and when he team-up with dirk nowitzki, deron williams, jason kidd and jason terry surely he will win a title..

    • Baller says:

      It seems you haven’t gotten the memo. Jason Terry and Steve Nash will be playing in Miami for the Heat next summer…

  20. bittlejuice_41 says:

    if you put andrew bynum vs dwight howard how..howard will win the battle..howard has been two time defensive player of the year..the only advantage that andrew bynum has is his freethrow shooting but in total play haoward is more domanant player than andrew bynum…

  21. ridethatdvicks says:

    i want to pick akeem

  22. yazan says:

    i honestly believe demarcus cousins will be the next best nba center in 2 years.. he already has a more skilled offensive game then bynum and howard combined and is only in his second year. if i look up underrated in a dictionary cousins face would probably pop up.

  23. semikalosi says:

    Dwight Howard has a bigger upside. In my opinion, you won’t see a better Bynum than what you’re seeing now. He’s at the peek of his abilities and has reached his potential. Add to that his history of injuries, and you have a no brainer.

    Play in between the baskets favours Howard as well as his athleticism allows him to be quicker and more versatile in the open court.

    Physically they rate the same when it comes to having that physical presence in the paint, but more players will think twice before driving while the paint is being occupied byt Howard. Howard also has (again, my opinion) a higher ceiling when it comes to developing his skillset

    Statiscally, they’re very similar but in regards to what I said above, Howard would get my vote.

  24. Sam says:

    Hi All,

    I used to like Howard because of his defensive play and rebounding. He got slightly better this year with his offense in the beginning of the year but all fell apart off-court with his antics with his management and coach. I would say he will be a loser at the end of it all. Winners dont whined. Winners Fight

  25. which one plays for a team that has loses solely based on their performance, which one is dominating…in the weaker conference, sure size may play a factor but compare the two against other formidable scorer’s, defenders’ and rebounders and bynum with his improvements this year comes up on top

  26. omg lakers fans says:

    you lakers fans are as bad as heat fans. first, one of you said look at bynum, he came out of high school and dominate (where do you think DH12 came out of??) Then, some of you keep saying bynum got 2 rings what’s up?? ( kobe and pau carried limping bynum to championship) DH12 alone carried less talented team than Lakers to final. Bynum can hardly carry himself. 2 months ago (b4 DH12 decide to stay in orlando for next year) you Lakers fans were keep saying Bynum for DH12 (you even put pau in that trade) clearly you Fakers believed DH12 > pau + bynum.
    and please if u have time go back and check old entries in this blog cuz high percentage of lakers fans said
    Kobe + DH12 = championships. you never once mentioned Bynum + kobe = rings lolz
    you even said bynum is soft and immature. all of the sudden DH12 made his “indecision” and you all claimed that bynum is bigger, better, nastier and tougher plus bynum is more mature and growing up.lol really laker fans?
    if magic offer to trade DH12 for Bynum 90% of you fakers will accept without even blinking.
    everyone know DH12 is better. so stop this BS of Bynum is better blah blah just cuz bynum had 5 good games.
    obviously celtics fans are much better than lakers fans. (btw i am Sonics (okc)fan)

    • Sam says:

      DH had his own drama and Bynum had his…
      At the end, who came up to the game with better performance? the less experienced Bynum or more experienced DH?
      Did you watch DH play recently?

      I used to like DH before, but he lost me (i guess few other fans)

  27. 2xMVP_ROOKIE_OF_THE_YEAR_LOL says:

    I really can’t choose between them let’s just put it this way

    Bynum = Huge Impact in Offense

    Howard = Huge Impact in Defense

  28. Raph says:

    Anyone thinking that Bynum is even near Dwight’s level is delusional; Dwight is clearly the better scorer (look at the games Bynum has played without Kobe, he’s shot 37% in 4 of those 5 games), Dwight’s obviously the better rebounder and defensively it isn’t even close… If you put Dwight in the Lakers team’s system next to Kobe and Pau, he’d easily drop 20+ppg on 65+% shooting.

    Dwight needs more touches, that’s why he wanted Stan gone, he avergaed 23ppg last season, yet got less touches this season. Playing in a system where the offense just runs through him like it has for Bynum, without Kobe, Dwight would drop 25+ppg easily.

  29. Don says:

    The only reason why D12’s offense is not as good as Bynum…Dwight is coached by Patrick Ewing! lol! Look at his post moves, as ineffective as Ewing without the outside jumpshot. Have D12 get coached by Kareem, he would have more post up moves than a freaking running sky hook.

  30. jonski22 says:

    as a Lakers fan.. i like whats happening to Drew right now. HIs offensive skill is better than Howard. Maturity aside he has a lot of potential, although staying healthy is suspect. But when you got Kobe and Gasol, i prefer to have a defensive minded Center, a consistent rebounder, a shot blocking center..a center that can intimidate those penetrating PG’s like Westbrook. You see no PG can guard the likes of Westbrook and Rose, you need help defensivley, Bynum is not that athletic as HOward, not quicker too. If Bynum also focuses on defense and helping on defense, he will be an MVP someday.

  31. toughone.... says:

    Bynum (based on his offensive prowess on the low block) seems like a more clever offensive player with some impact on the d end. His post play will be very effective even into his mid thirties. So, Howard is better right now, but, barring injury, I would take bynum. Howard’s play and dominance have been developed purely off strength and athleticism. Whereas for someone like derrick rose who could evolve his perimeter game as he becomes older just as kobe bryant and michael jordan, a center like howard would have a much harder time evolving and developing his game after his prime. Once his athleticism and strength fades, his defensive production will decline too. Both have maturity problems, so that aspect is irrelevant. Make no mistake. right now, howard is better, but he seems to be more like he would be better as a primary option in a core of players (like rondo) rather than someone you can build around (like bynum or rose). feel free to agree or disagree with me.

  32. mattman says:

    this is easy…dhoward is more durable (pending his latest injury)..hes played 5 total seasons of 82 games in his career whereas bynum might have played only 1 or 2 in his career..big difference there..i also think dhoward is a better athlete http://www.mindofmattman.com/2012/03/battle-of-bigs-pt-2.html

  33. Mark says:

    To be honest, I’d take Marc Gasol, a healthy Andrew Bogut, or a young Roy Hibbert over both of them… Bynum and Howard may be better players, but as a GM, I’d rather have a big man that I know is going to play hard for the coach – not ask me to fire him, a guy that is going to do his job – and not try to do mine, a guy that isn’t going to shame my organisation by making a cheap shot and getting himself ejected in a playoff game, that isn’t going to jack up a three early in the shot clock in a close game – then carry on like a child when he is given some time on the pine to think about it, a guy that when I have a meeting scheduled with him I’m confident he is going to turn up…

  34. dandan says:

    bynum has had a great season no doubt, that doesnt automatically mean hes better than howard, seriously howards offensive postgame has improved leaps and bounds where hes doing tim duncan like bank shots seriously what game are you watching bynums offensive game is camping in the lane for 5 years and changing his pivot foot 10 times, not to mention howard actually averages LESS! shots per a game , and is 100 X better on the defensive end than bynum ever will be, yes bynum has had a great stretch and well done to him but he has to do it more on a consistant basis year in year out to get this talk, it is because hes on the lakers that this has come up if he was playing in minnesota he wouldnt get a mention, even kevin loves a better center than these two but since he plays for sota’ we dont know that, as for the future? this kid has had 3 major knee surgies before the age of 24, id be shocked if he still plays at a half decent level at 28 years old

    • RJ says:

      And how many rings does Howard have? My point exactly. His offensive game hasnt upgraded if it did than why arent the magic the #2 seed Eastern Confrence standings? If hes so dominate? Ive said this before Dwight will be another Patrick Ewing, great player but no rings.

      Bynum is on a franchise that actually focueses on WINNING titles, Howard is on a scrub team that focuses on attemps. Yes I can agree that both players have EGOS but whats sets them apart is Bynum doesnt attempt to get his head coach fired… Howard is complaining and whining about his coach when he should be focusing on playing ball.

      As for Kevin Love, hes a dominate rebounder I give him that much, but hes no center. He just another PF that can make jump shots and rebounds… Hell he cant even take a hit, he falls down like a deck of cards.

      Worst mistake in your part, never compare howards shot attempts to Tim Duncan…. Tim Duncan has more post moves and a great offensive game. Howard can never do half of what timmy has done in his career…. EPIC FAIL…..

  35. RJ says:

    In case some of you have forgotten, Bynum OWNED Dwight Howard in the 09 Finals. Yes I can openly admitt that Dwight has the upperhand when it comes to his Physical artirbutes. But Bynum has more of an offensive game than howard. Shooting percentage wise Bynum with out a doubt OWNES howard, free throws made and howard at 40% C’mon… Who would you trust when it comes down to crunch time? I know most of you wouldnt choose howard cuz if you did he would lose the game if it was a finals match up. Everyone Here is bringing up Bynums past injuries, umm hellow what center hasnt had injuries that effected his game? Now that howard has an injury people are still saying that Howard is better than Bynum, please….

    Its like saying Smush parker is better than Russel Westbrook. FAIL….. lol…. But getting serious here, Bynum has grown into a dominate big man for the lakers. Not to mention that he was trained by one of the greatest legends to ever play the game in Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. And who the hell was Howard trained by? Patrick Ewing? With all due respect he never won a championship with the Knicks so how did his training with Howard make him better? However, spending all those hard working hours training with Patrick didnt make much of a difference offensivly to howards game. Not trying to be dissrepectful here but id compare Howards offensive post game to Blake Griffens. They only dunk on their defenders but their post game is mediocer.

    Everyone can argue the obvious, the reason why Bynum is as good as he is, is because he is surrounded by great franchise players in Kobe and Gasol. While that is some what true, but its not that. Reason why Bynum is as good as he is, he actually worked on his offensive game while he was injured and that gave him plenty of time to improve his game. And having hall of famers coach him on the basics in having a great post inside game which all NBA CENTERS now a days lack. Bynum has that advantage, why do you think he can easily dominate against other teams in the league. Dwight’s offensive game is down right mediocer and weak for a big man that has won Defensive Player of the Year twice.

    Just sayin……

  36. Bob says:

    yall dat saying bynum is not even close … yall donno balll, bynum betta offensively can also play defense not as good as dwight buh he pretty good on d … dwight is juss promised to play more games cuz of bynums history … dey both immature … its not alot da separates dem

  37. 17,6 says:

    bynum has a far superior offensive game, but bynum will probably never be the defender that howard is but not only cuz he spends more energy offensively then on the defensive end but also cuz quite simply he is not as athletic as howard…howard is the most athletic center in league history…thats on the court now off the court bynum is like 23 or 24 i believe so i don’t mind his behavior as long as he keeps playin the way he’s been playin…now howard i mean u can’t deny that he is the most dominant center cuz of his strength and athleticism but damn this guy complains on every call and his imma leave orlando i’m not gonna leave orlando drama is annoyin

  38. Chris says:

    Has everyone forgotten how many 20/20 games Dwight has for his career? The fact that he is the ONLY player to lead the NBA in rebounds and blocks for 3 years straight? Gimme a break! Bynum scores 24 and 16 on national TV and all of a sudden he’s the best center. Dwight gets that in his sleep. Must have forgot that game in Golden State where he had 45 points and 23 rebounds…

  39. For those who are saying Dwight scores 2 more points a game on average than Bynum… you need to stop. Does Kobe play for Orlando? No. He doesn’t. If he did, would Dwight’s average be as high? No, it wouldn’t. Does Bynum average closer to 25 points a game without Kobe in uniform? Yes, he does. Do I need to spell it out for you? Probably, but why bother. Also, if Shaq himself – a true center, one of the top five most dominant in the history of the NBA – is endorsing Bynum as being better than Dwight, then there IS some legitimacy to it. Whatever you think of Shaq’s personality, I think it’s safe to say that he probably knows a little bit more about the game of basketball – especially regarding the position of center – than you do.

  40. just a fan says:

    dwight for right now bynum for later

  41. TimmyDaTooth says:

    Bynum is the better center. While Dwight has been the most dominant center in the nba for years, Bynum is showing us what he can be when healthy. I understand Dwight puts up better numbers than Bynum across the board, but i also guarantee we would see a swap of that if Bynum was on the Magic and Dwight on the Lakers. Bynum may not have the same vertical as Dwight, but his strength and size allows him to be just as much of a rebounding presence even when sharing the boards with another proven 7 footer. If Bynum had stayed healthy throughout his career, we would’ve been having this discussion years ago. That being said, Bynum’s knee issues scare me. I’d take Dwight’s back over Bynum’s knee(s) any day.

  42. Dras says:

    Dwight Howard has better stats(maybe because he is the #1 option in Orlando, but that does not matter to me).
    Howard is definitely a better defensive player and in my opinion Bynum is better offensively. That being said.
    If I had a choice between a HEALTHY Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard, I would choose Bynum. I think Howard has already peaked and Bynum has more potential and is a consistant presence in the middle who you can run an offense through. Bynum is a prototype big man that you could build a stable championship caliber team around,but because of health issues the safe choice may be Howard.

  43. Tony Monteon says:

    ANDREW IS BETTER. BETTER AT EVERYTHING AND BETTER THAN HOWARD. FUTURE SAYS ITS NOT HOW ATHLETIC U R ITS ABOUT SKILL AND COMMITMENT.

  44. $money says:

    I thought the question was about Bynum or Howard not the Heat or Shaq… Bynum is sort of a “johnny come lately” It’s wrong to compare Bynum’s break out season to his career performance I’m amazed at his sudden healthiness. I thought Andrew had more in common with Greg Oden… Bware he’s one injury away from that status IMO…When I saw him trying to pry the ball from his teamate Blake so he could shoot a 3 I lost all respect for him!Consider that it’s easy to find the hoop with Kobe Gasol and Odum stretching defenses….Howard’s been where Bynum’s just getting to.SUPERMAN GETS MY VOTE EASILY!

  45. EmirS. says:

    What a ridiculous poll!

    As long as Howard is in the NBA, he will continue being the better, and more dominant big man. Just because Bynum has been beasting for the past five games does not mean he is going to be better then Howard. What’s happening now, is the same thing that was happening when Jeremy Lin was balling lights out and everyone started calling him the next Steve Nash or Tony Parker.

  46. Hughber says:

    Imagine if Dwight had Kobe missing 13 shots a game on his team! Think of the rebounds!

    But seriously, Dwight has played 8 years in the league, he is past his best. The crown for best centre has to go to Bynum, who has played a meagre 7 years. He almost averaged a double-double in last years playoffs too, and has dragged his team kicking and screaming to two championships.

  47. KobeTheGreat says:

    Most of you dont know how TALENTED BYNUM REALLY IS, This guy came outta High School, BYNUM IS A BETTER PLAYER OVERALL THAN DWIGHT.

    The only thing Dwight MIGHT be better is on the defensive side of the BALL, but the rest BYNUM takes the CAKE BY ALOT! And plus Bynum is younger and has way more POTENTIONAL than DWIGHT. Shaq is not DUMB when he said BYNUM is better than DWIGHT, beacuse HE IS!!!! And Im not saying this just cus im a Lakers fan. But it is what it is. My only thing to Byum is, he needs to put some more weight and this guy will be a force to reckon with in the future.

    LAKERS HOLD HIM!

    • WowReally? says:

      Look at his size, it’s no surprise he was able to come in out of high school. I do give him credit though for developing his game because when he did enter the league the Lakers thought he was a bust.

    • Francisco says:

      so who is the great Bynum or Kobe, something does not add up

  48. oh goofy down there in walt disney land got his game lackin been in the league how long and still has know offense, time to get serious about your game and not were your playin next year, now byumn got an edge about him i like his attuitude takin no s@$t and his game has gotten better and wants the ball in the 4th and takin over games go get it young fellow its yours for the takin, old walt fantasia disney don’t want it

  49. Kirk says:

    Z,

    I don’t think it is a matter of right and wrong to choose either center. The choice between Bynum and Howard is like the guy going to the electric chair getting to choose between A/C and D/C. Either way he is going to get it. Howard is more athletic than Bynum; however, his offensive awkwardness would drive me crazy if I were a Magic fan. How do you build an offense around a guy with awkward moves? I prefer Bynum for that reason and the fact that Bynum is bigger, stronger and nastier. Never understimate what Bynum’s nastiness means for the Lakers especially when our power forward, although very skilled and very good, is soft as wet tissue paper.

  50. dan says:

    howard dominated as soon as he entered the leage? wait a minute… he started that in his 3rd year, not from the beginning http://www.nba.com/playerfile/dwight_howard/career_stats.html

    but i think they are equal in value. howard is the better athlete and defensive force, while bynum is the better overall baller and offensive force. so its a matter of taste what youd prefer on your team.

    speaking about on- and offcourt flaws – they both had their ups and downs and are still young, so time will tell thats impossible to predict.

  51. Kyle Cook says:

    Drew can shoot FREETHROWS! so that means he can dominate at the end of games.

  52. WowReally? says:

    There’s a lot of credit going to Bynum these last few games, but where would the Lakers be now and in the past without Pau Gasol and now also Sessions? Bynum has definitley improved his game, but without Gasol in the post as another distraction and sessions there creating the plays he would not be a threat like Howard. I think Gasol gets far too little credit for all he’s done for the Lakers. Howard is still the future to me if he gets his head on straight and works more on his game (he can still improve just like Shaq did when he went to LA).

  53. Speclk says:

    Although Dwight has been a proven all around defender for years, and has more athleticism, I still would take Andrew Bynum and here is why. Dwight Howard is or was (depending on who’s perspective you take) the best big man in the league by default, he’s barely the best on his on team. Since Shaq there really hasn’t been anyone to challenge him on that till now. Also the fact that Bynum has been hurt so much hasn’t helped his cause, which is a legit argument as far as health. But that is the only real thing this boils down to, HEALTH! If not i will take skill and intensity any day over talent, which will only get you so far. There are a lot of talented guys in the league, but talent will only take you so far. Plus you look at who Bynum is playing with, arguably one of the best ever next to M.J. and he get’s to learn from him too. One could argue that if it wasn’t for Kobe, Bynum would be a lot better even this year. Dwight doesn’t and probably never will have the type of killer instinct and attitude, nastiness, it takes to be that type of player. Not to say he won’t ever win a title, but I don’t think it a coincidence he has[t done it yet.

  54. danstanly says:

    On this Kobeless Lakers I’ve seen several things, the first is that the games from WP, Pau and Bynum all improved on everything, specially offensively (it was impressive to see WP have a career high 27 points and be the scoring leader on one game, really, when some games he had below 5 PPG), I think offensively, Pau is yet better than Bynum, his mid-range shot has improved so much that he almost scores everything from outside, probably much more better than playing in the paint, but on most games (Kobeless games) he has lead the lakers offensively. Now for the Howard-Bynum duel, I think Bynum is slightly better offensively but Howard is definately better on defense (I think they lack good big men’s defense) we all saw how hard they had Defense problems against big men against the Clippers, specially with Griffin, when some other teams have done well on this.

    • Francisco says:

      you can also add that Kobe has no case for MVP, only shooting 43 % with such a talented supporting cast

  55. Ron Gone Wild says:

    What happened to m comment?

  56. paman says:

    Kobe and Bynum are Los angeles Lakers made players they developed their game there and they became all-stars there and that`s the beauty about it…it`s just a natural thing

  57. Shelley says:

    Although Dwight has been a proven all around defender for years, and has more athleticism, I still would take Andrew Bynum and here is why. Dwight Howard is or was (depending on who’s perspective you take) the best big man in the league by default. Since Shaq there really hasn’t been anyone to challenge him on that till now. Also the fact that Bynum has been hurt so much hasn’t helped his cause, which is a legit argument as far as health. But that is the only real thing this boils down to, HEALTH! If not i will take skill and intensity any day over talent, which will only get you so far. There are a lot of talented guys in the league, but talent will only take you so far. Plus you look at who Bynum is playing with, arguably one of the best ever next to M.J. and he get’s to learn from him too. One could argue that if it wasn’t for Kobe, Bynum would be a lot better even this year. Dwight doesn’t and probably never will have the type of killer instinct and attitude, nastiness, it takes to be that type of player. Not to say he won’t ever win a title, but I don’t think it a coincidence he has[t done it yet.

  58. Crooks says:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2886927

    For all those who hate on Howard so much how is this so different from what Kobe did in 07. Everyone hated on Kobe till he started winning again. I hope howard starts soon so everyone can get off the hate train.

  59. RayAllen says:

    In my opinion in this NBA season Bynum was way better than howard cuz howard had a lot of problems with the coach and his team and the press didn’t leave him alone besides he is still injured.My conclusion is that probably the best player in defense will be between Bynum or Ibaka just plz don’t complain its just an opinion

    • danstanly says:

      In some way I believe Lakers are good without Kobe, because other players games have improved, on the other end they have to rely on at least 5 players to have good scoring nights to win, Pau and Bynum have to have 20+, and at least 4 or 5 more players with double digits (most of the times that’s not the case for the rest)… It was just nice, but very rare, to see WP lead scoring one night and Matt Barnes saving the lakers the other night… that just doesn’t happen.

  60. POi says:

    Matt Bonner is the best center right now. He hits a lot of 3s and he just recently dunked… wait, what?!

  61. Russell says:

    Scalabrine

  62. charles says:

    Bynum has been VERY impressive. If he maintains this level of performance, he would be the best center in the NBA. But that is a big If….

  63. MTS says:

    Bynum has been good for one season, Dwight has been good since he entered the league. Both can be immature but I will take the guy who has been GREAT since the get go, not the guy who has had one good season. That and this is the first time Howard has been really injured, Bynum is always injured, I know who the safe bet is and its not Bynum.

  64. Mo says:

    All of you guys are losers since when did the MIAMI HEAT become a factor in this bynum-howard discussion..go home and think of of a howard-bynum argument b4 you put the HEAT into this

  65. chris says:

    You cannot be serious. Howard ranks higher in PPG, RPG, BPG — and that’s THIS season. Howard has more 20-20 games. Bynum has one good season and it overtakes everything Howard has done in their careers? And I will bet you that, defensively, he chases more guys out of the paint than Bynum, too. Don’t know what you’re looking at.

  66. andres says:

    howard is WAYYYY better than Bynum. no question no arguements

  67. David Petre says:

    @ Z: this is not about math. Do you really think Howard would have the same numbers with Kobe in his team?

  68. Da General says:

    Motivated D12>>>Andrew Bynum. No knock on Bynum but Dwight is the 3x (I REPEAT!!!) 3x DPOY. Bynum hasnt even been healthy for a full season. Come on?? But Andrew is developing at a great pace and I admit his ceiling may be a higher than that of Dwights but right now if you give me a choice, its Superman without question.

  69. David Petre says:

    Since the question was about the future, Bynum is definitely the man. I would’t forget about Howard though, who I see today more capable of deciding a game on his own. Bynum still has to learn a lot, starting with keeping his temper.

  70. Bynum can shoot from the free throw line a lot better than Howard!

  71. Troy says:

    Hypocrite lakers fans. Whatever happened to the trade wish “Howard to the Lakers” back in the off season? Just that thing made yourselves look like fools. LOL!

    • Da General says:

      EXACTLY!! Haha everybody is acting like Bynum is leapyears ahead of Dwight on the offensive end but I just dont see it. Bynum does have a better stroke but thats about it. Stop actin like if they offered D12 after the Season LA fans would not jump all over it.

  72. Domainsnext says:

    It shocks me that it took all of this time for the media to recognize that Bynum is the top center in the league. Jim Hill and James Worthy, up until a few days ago, were talking about his indiscretions rather than his abilities. The talking heads were all trying to get rid of him in favor of Howard. We as Bynum’s fans have known his ability for many years and his sacrifice to play for the championship while he was injured. Maybe some apology from the anti-Bynum talking heads is in order.

  73. jeffrey says:

    hey guys dont forget bynum has 2 rings howard has nothing ? hellloooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  74. Billy says:

    Seriously, Sekou? Bynum has a few great games — and suddenly he’s challanging the most dominant Center in the league for years?

    You want to talk injuries? How many games has Bynum missed due to injury compared to Howard?
    You want to talk defense? How many years has Bynum been DPOY compared to Howard?
    You want to talk offense? How about Howard posting 20.6 ppg this season, a whole 2 ppg higher than Bynum’s 18.6?

    This article makes you look ridiculous. What’s next…an article about how Jeremy Lin is the next Steve Nash? Or how about an article claiming the Bulls are better without Derek Rose? Oh, I know…let’s see an article about how Kevin Durrant is too skinny to play in the NBA!

  75. jross says:

    Bynum all the way. Yes, I agree Howard’s has the athletic ability, but that can only get you so far. The level of maturity can be questionable between the two with the issues on and off the court, BUT when it’s a tie-game with 2:00 minutes left, I can trust Bynum to create his own shot. His footwork has drastically improved. The way that he has improved his movement around the low block and switch from left to right has been very impressive.

    I’d take the fundamentals over the athletic ability anyday.

  76. Z says:

    Well let see the details
    A.Bynum : D.Howard
    PPG 18.6 20.6
    RPG 12.2 14.5
    APG 1.4 1.9
    SPG 0.4 1.5
    BPG 2.0 2.2
    FG% 0.558 0.573
    FT% 0.678 0.491
    3P% 0.200 0.000
    MPG 35.6 38.3

    Well do your math and tell me that Bynum is better than Howard , Facts pls . I Think Bynum is better than Howard but only in FT % , Correct me If I’m wrong

    • Kirk says:

      Z,

      I don’t think it is a matter of right and wrong. The choice between Bynum and Howard is like the guy going to the electric chair getting to choose between A/C and D/C. Either way he is going to get it. Howard is more athletic than Bynum; however, his offensive awkwardness would drive me crazy if I were a Magic fan. How do you build an offense around a guy with awkward moves? I prefer Bynum for that reason and the fact that Bynum is bigger, stronger and nastier. Never understimate what Bynum’s nastiness means for the Lakers especially when our power forward, although very skilled and very good, is soft as wet tissue paper.

      • Francisco says:

        if bynum is so good, gasol is proven good , lamar was a very good player, fisher had 3 o 4 rings, who was to blame for the LAKERS being swept by mavs, elemental watson, THE OVERRATED BRYANT

  77. dwight is more durable “battle of the bigs” pt 1 and 2 on mindofmattman.com..i brought this up a little while ago

  78. steve says:

    Still don’t understand why the magic don’t get Kareem to coach Dwight Howard.I think that would make a difference.

  79. Ben H. says:

    For the future, Bynum is a good argument. But Howard’s resume is still more polished than Bynum’s (minus the 2 championships). If Howard doesn’t add some more moves to his offensive game and make more free throws, then I think Bynum will be the #1 center. Either way I think they’re going to be the best in the game for the next 5-7 years at least.

  80. Saravana says:

    Bynum…

  81. Angelo Garcia says:

    I vote for Dwight because he already made a mark in the NBA. Okay, pause. Since Andrew Bynun is younger, then maybe he should win the awards what Dwight Howard has won as a CENTER in the NBA. All NBA-1st team, 2 or 3-time defensive player of the year, All NBA-1st defensive team. I have nothing against Bynum. HE IS A *GREAT* YOUNG PLAYER in the league right now. But Howard won all of these awards and he is only what, 27? The road is still long for Dwight and longer for Bynum. If Bynum would be healthy, then he is in good position to battle Dwight for the best center in today’s Basketball world. Think of these: DWIGHT can score, rebound, defend and also ANDREW. The factor that holds me in choosing Howard is his athleticism and durability. Okay, there’s my opinion. OPINION! Peace! By the way, I’m a Laker fan. :)

  82. Jumpshot = fail says:

    Just want to throw out there Celtics spent way more than Miami for KG, Ray, and Paul….

  83. Emmanuel Stalling says:

    I don’t care what planet you’re from, Howards athletic ability is once in a lifetime. As a defensive anchor, he is a Bill Russell level defender (imagine if he played in that era, sheesh) And he still puts up better offensive numbers than Bynum, and gets more boards, steals, and blocks. AND he’s still young.

  84. Kirk says:

    Andrew Bynum is the best big man in the game right now. He is a better offensive player than Howard; he can hit his free throws so you can go to him late in the game and you can’t with Howard; and he showed last week against San Antonio he can control the game on defense against a good team. Additionally, he is bigger and stronger than Howard and plays more like a traditional back to the basket center as opposed to Howard who plays more like a face up power forward.

  85. Renato says:

    I think that we have different skills being compared. Bynum is better offensively, Dwight defensively. I always prefer the most skilled player offensively, but right now, I believe Dwight still the most dominant in the league. Altough i wouldn´t bet on that persisting for long.

  86. evar says:

    Let see how many games Bynum will get suspended for next season for pulling knucklehead moves this playoff.

  87. Dman says:

    I do like Howard, but he’s just too nice. He’s always smiling and carrying on when he’s not whining to the refs about something. He doesn’t have the fire that Drew has. he needs to get a little nasty.

  88. DANITo says:

    dwight howard dont have moves like bynum. bynum offensive game way better than howard. all wat howard do is dunk. he has no inside game, he is kinda of like tyson chandler, he is way over rated. if bynum stays healthy, he is way better center than dwight

  89. Sam Jones says:

    Time will tell…I won’t mention anything prematurely! Howard and Bynum are the two best currently…Time will give us the revelation as the years go by!

  90. TTKIN says:

    I still give the edge talent-wise to Howard (I have been a huge laker fan for over 15 years), but if I had to choose, I go with Bynum. Bynum has his immaturity issues, but he is dealing with them, while being tutored by a guy who had his own immaturity problems growing up in the spotlight (Kobe Bryant). Howard on the other hand, what he has done to Orlando this season is one of the most selfish acts in basketball (Sorry, Odom still wins that award).

    Both need to grow up, but last I checked, Bynum isnt trying to fire the coach even though he disagrees with him. So far, he hasnt toyed with the Lakers the way Howard has toyed with the Magic (his free agency will be looming next year). I was a MAJOR fan of Howard until this season. His attitude makes me hate the fact that he makes millions. I still claim fake injury by the way. Van Gundy calls him out for wanting him fired, Orlando says they wont fire him, next thing u know the most durable athlete in the world has a back problem because of a phantom punch thrown by Haywood? Sorry, I dont buy it.

  91. Bismarck says:

    Chris Kaman is far more better than those 2…harharhar….

  92. Jakob says:

    Bynum is the better center
    Howard is the better athlete while Bynum is more skilled. As Howard gets closer to 30 his dominance will slowly fade while Bynums game can go on for much longer. Howard need to add more scoring option skills to keep the spot as the best center in the league. This said – both are amazing.

  93. perfecttens says:

    Bynum is a Mountain with edgy edges but I like it.

  94. CMRobinson71 says:

    @Sam, Granted D12, barring injury has quite a few years left, but within the time span you stated (8years so far for D12), Shaq had already been to the eastern and western conference finals and with two Finals apperances and one win (99-00 Lakers), And he did this within the Jordan era, and went on to win three more titles. D12 has only gone once and it’s up in the air where he will land given the current CBA madness to come, and when he will get another opportunity to shine the way we know he can with a winning team. Thanks for the comment! :)

    • Draper 4645 says:

      Hi CMRobinson71did Shaque do them all in Orlando? All I remember is when he was still in Orlando, he had been to the finals but was swept out. Then he looked for another team with superstar somewhere.

  95. jake says:

    Bynum’s job is made alot easier by having another 7 footer in the paint boxing out players on the reboubding front. He has Bryant and Gasol throwing him lobs over the top the whole time which puts him in a good position to finish. Imagine if Howard was playing in place of Bynum on that team, they’d be contending for a championship for sure. Bynum is good, But there is no way on God’s green earth that Bynum is or ever will be as good as Howard. Demarcus Cousins averages the same numbers as Bynum and is in his second year in the league but nobody’s talking him up.

    • Homecourt says:

      Pau doesn’t really box out lol. But then who does in the NBA =P

    • Kirk says:

      No one is talking DeMarcus Cousins up because he can’t thorughly dominate and take the heart out of San Antonio the way Bynum did. Bynum is a beast, James Worthy calls him the Kraken. The Lakers are learning how to unleash the Kraken. If Kobe buys in, nobody in the league will stop the Lakers from taking championship Number 17.

      • jake says:

        @Kirk, please be quiet, it’s a few good games. If he’s still playing at this level come the playoffs i’ll rethink about him being anywhere near Howard’s level. The lakers will not win the championship, Bynum is not that dominant and I couldn’t care less what James Worthy has to say.

      • Kirk says:

        Jake,

        Bynum has already been the starting center for 2 NBA Championship teams which incidentally is two more times than Howard. Bynum is more skilled offensively, bigger and stronger than Dwight. Dwight is more athletic; however, I liken him more to a large power forward because he plays on offense facing the basket as opposed to having his back to the basket. Bynum commands a double and sometimes triple team every time he catches the ball. Does Dwight? Do you trust Dwight with the ball late in a close game knowing the other team will just foul him and put him on the free throw line? Laker fans trust Bynum late.

  96. sentt says:

    andrew bynum is avereging over 18 points with kobe and gasol on his team. dwight is averaging 20 with who?… ryan anderson?

    • jake says:

      having them on his team makes it easier for Bynum to score you fool.

      • Brock says:

        How does it make it easier for him to score? When you are not the primary option in the offense you don’t get as many touches. Howard gets more touches and more shots because he is the primary focus. If Howard was on the Lakers and not Bynum, he wouldn’t average nearly as many points because Kobe and Pau have rightfully earned and rightfully take a bulk of the shots. That being said, just based on the fact that Howard has dominated for 4-5 years now, and Bynum has only dominated for 1? I as a die hard Lakers fan must say Howard overall is better. But as of right now? If this season is all we are going off of…. Bynum is number 1 at the Center position hands down.

      • Kirk says:

        Jake,

        As a Laker Fan who watches 75% of the games or more I can tell you Kobe’s ballhogging has cost the team 4 to 5 games this year and on a nightly basis it cost Bynum 6 to 8 points. I love Kobe, but his focus is very singular on offense and that is for him to take the shot. Sometimes he hurts the team more than helps it which also affects Bynum’s numbers. Bynum is a superior offensive player to Dwight and against the Spurs last week he proved he could do what Dwight does on defense against a good team. Final nail in Dwight’s coffin, Lakers can go to Bynum late in the game because he can get easy baskets and hit his free throws; the Magic can’t do that with Howard.

      • jake says:

        That’s the problem with this blog, everyone commenting is a Laker fan, Bynum has a few good games because Kobe’s been out and all of a sudden he’s ‘number 1 at the center position hands down’. @Brock, How does being put in the position to score not make it easier to score, Bynum gets put in good positions, Howard just gets thrown the ball in the post. You say because Kobe is a ballhog Bynum doesn’t get as many points as he could @Kirk. Kobe shoots anywhere between 20 and 30 shots a night, the team shoots probably around 80. Kobe may ballhog but don’t tell me that Bynum is being deprived of scoring opportunities because Kobe’s taking around 35% of the teams shots. Howard lead the Magic to the finals, Bynum isn’t capable of that right now. You Laker fans can’t tell me that you wouldn’t trade Howard for Bynum straight up right now. I’m sure there have been many centers to average 18 and 11 that are similar to Bynum before, but it’s rare that you’ll get a center like howard come around. Sorry Laker fans, it’s plain to see for anyone outside of you that Howard is the better player

      • Gullaver says:

        I think Bynums averages could go up if kobe were to facilitate a bit more. Personally, I hate dwight howard because I think he underachieves offensively. Dwight plays top notch help side defense and isn’t forced to play much on ball defense because there aren’t really any other dominant centers in the league anymore so dwights on ball D can’t truthfully be measured. Defensively, I still have to take dwight he is too athletic and strong to not choose him and Bynum is the clear choice offensively. In my opinion I think if Bynum were in dwights position he could score just as much or more simply because he flat out has a better offensive game. If dwight were in bynums shoes I feel like he would be very dominate because his life could be made easier with the help of kobe and Pau but I feel like he would clash a bit with Kobe because dwight wants to be a number one option. Dwight needs to understand he isn’t a number one option on offense. And he will never be unless he improves his post game and/or his free throw shotting. Personally, I would take Bynum partially because I hate dwight and I feel like he is an underachiever, but I think the team you have plays a big part in who you would pick.

  97. sentt says:

    and also andrew bynum has beat dwight howards career high in rebounds with 30

  98. sentt says:

    as good as dwight howard is, andrew bynum is the clear choice for the future.

  99. batez says:

    Totally depends on what your team needs…If Im starting a team from square one I would choose Andrew because he a player that I could run my offense through. If I already have a team with good scorers Id take Dwight for his defense and rebounding prowess……Both are great players though. But I think defense is easier to teach a player than offense which is more based on natural skills and ability.

  100. CMRobinson71 says:

    @Maximillian, really??? I can’t believe you actually fixed your mouth to even say that comment about Shaq vs D12!! Wow. Next to Chamberlin, Shaq is THE most dominant center in league history. PERIOD! Rings and experience don’t lie, and he has been to the Finals and/or won titles (Finals appearances = 6/lakers, magic, heat. Rings = 4/lakers, heat) with multiple teams in his carrier based on his inside presence. D12(Finals = 1. Rings = 0) still has room to grow offensively, but is NOT nor will he EVER be as dominant as Shaq. No way!

    • Sam says:

      @CMRobinson71 – very well put there but let me just point out that you are comparing the 19-20 year career of Shaq with the 8 year career of Dwight. Dwight has atleast another 8 years (at least) to go in his career, lets not compare the two.

      But i still agree that Shaq is one of the most dominant center player to step foot on court. :-)

  101. Law064 says:

    Yes let us jump on the Bynum bandwagon since he has played a handful of games and been good. Seriously how can you even compare the 2. Howard is clearly better overall. Bynum has a better low post Offensive game but Howard is a beast. He needs to work on his low post moves and Ft shooting but get outta here. Bynum has never played a full 82 game season in his 4 or 5 years in the NBA. Howard has missed like 6 or 7 games due to injury and 2 were this season. Just because Bynum has carried the Lakers in games in Kobe’s absent. Dwight has done that his entire career in Orlando.

    • Belizeboy says:

      I agree. Bynum has become better in the post, but who wouldn’t with five years of training from Kareem? Still Howard can be the most dominant player if he would get focused. Basically they are comparing a breakout year for Bynum to the year Howard has all the drama surrounding him.

    • Homecourt says:

      Howard is in his 8th year in the league. No offense, but I don’t see his free throw shooting ever getting better and I doubt he’ll improve his low post game any time soon. He seems content to just muscle and out jump those less physically gifted then himself. It really doesn’t matter how many solid games Bynum has played, but it’s more than a “handful”. The bottom line for me is…with under 2 minutes left in a tight game, could you trust Dwight to win it for you? Could you go to him and know that he had the offensive moves in the post to put it on whoever was guarding him? And worse still would you be willing to even let him get his hands on it there knowing that in all likelihood he’d end up on the line before he even got the shot off? The answers to each of those questions to me are resounding NOs and until that changes, Bynum is the better center (barring injury of course).

      • Draper 4645 says:

        We all know that DEFENSE can win championship eh!!!
        Offense can only win games. What is better?

  102. ko0kiE says:

    defense wins champhionships.. that’s why I choose dwight over bynum anyday..

    • lol says:

      And that’s why Dwight’s “D” has won him so many Championships up til now.

      Bynum has more Championships than Dwight. (Though he didn’t contribute too much for those due to a series of injuries).

    • Kirk says:

      Bynum already has two championships to Howard’s 0. I guess you need to try another argument.

    • lol@k00kie says:

      LMAO

  103. CMRobinson71 says:

    BTW, Bynum all the way. D12 is seriously hurting his legacy with all the “Indecision” and finger pointing. He either needs to move to a new situation that he desires (if the league will allow DAVID STERN!), or buckle down and play the game will all know he can play and stop whining. Bynum has finally (FINALLY!) hit his stride and is healthy. He can only get better from here on out.

  104. Richard says:

    The Lakers are done if… they don’t change for the future. The coach is already fixed, no thanks to Kobe. Now get rid of the trouble makers that are worn out and no going to grow up. Kobe & Andrew, after the playoffs prove no more championship with these two then make the trade. Bryant and Hill to Knicks for Chandler, Novak, Smith & Lin plus a 1st & 2nd round pick. Then Bynum & Sessions to the Magic for Howard with anyone or anything else these teams need to do to make the trade. Howard will not complain at LAL and will be good with Coach Brown. Van Gundy is gone so Bynaum will be okay with the Magic. And Bryant will be great with Stoudemire & Anthony. Now there will be 4 Teams in a war of Titans for the 2013 World Championship, Heat, Magic, Lakers & Knicks… The Lakers win it all.

    • LOL says:

      too bad Kobe has a no trade clause in his contract.. that will never happen

    • LMAO says:

      Only if i read this wen i got in to work this morning…my day wld been a lot more better lol!!!

    • Lepiv says:

      Wow; how little do you know …
      For instance: did you know that Kobe has the only No-Trade Contract-Clause in the NBA? Also, since everyone in the world knows Kobe’s best days are behind, why would the Knicks trade Lin and their best defender (Chandler) for him? “Bryant will be great with Stoudemire & Anthony”? Really? How many basketballs would that team need?
      Go back to your fantasy league!

  105. BullsNation says:

    Everybody knows Noah is the best center in the nba. Y U NO DISCUSS NOAH

  106. CMRobinson71 says:

    @Sam, Thank you!! I totally agree with that statement. The Heat are the projected team to beat, again, but until they actually win an NBA championship, the 5,6,7 rings comment by Heat fans is foolish no matter who is on that team!

  107. Rich says:

    Since NBA is not a one-on-one competition, I would take Tyson Chandler over these 2 cry-babies.

  108. lol@prix says:

    Bynum over Dwight and any other center. Besides when timmy plays center, no other center has the footwork and low post scoring. So the heat need Dwight Howard to win those not 1. not 2 not 3 not 4 not 5 not 6 lol @ you sir prix

  109. Leo P says:

    Bynum is the better big man. While he may be immature (at times), he isn’t bringing down an entire franchise. Howard is disgracing himself, his team and the League. All this drama with him is doing nothing but hurting his team. As far as I’m concerned, WINNING is the only thing that matters. Bynum is winning games and the fact that he’s not the franchise player is a good thing!….
    and all this “DH12″/Heat talk is crazy! Real basketball fans know that you can’t win championships by adding MORE egos to a team. TEAM BASKETBALL wins championships, not how many ALL-STARS you stack on one team. get off the bandwagon already.

    • J-Black says:

      WELL SAID!! Thats the most sensible comment i’ve read in this entire blog.

    • BFoulds says:

      I agree with this guy, and I’m a Howard fan.

    • DH11 says:

      Agree, DH only display “FAKE” loyalty and his game never improve….

    • Draper 4645 says:

      For me, what Dwight did of saying he want to be traded is the best thing ever to happen in Orlando.
      First of all, it woke everyone up, realized that they are part of the team, and started to walk awake not asleep. They realized that it is not the superstar team mate that will make the team win games but it is the collective efforts, teamwork, hussles, determination, ego-less approach to each games and supporting each other.

      They know that they have all the talent other teams could have or almost have, and puting them all together in perfect mix will create real Magic, winning bigger than what they had in the past.

      That being in the picture, Dwight edged Bynum in helping keep the team rolling.

  110. macp86 says:

    As a Laker fan, Bynum is the more traditional Center and with Sessions, who plays as a more traditional PG, the Lakers have the needed elements to establish a future dynasty. It’s Laker tradition. Wilt and West, Magic and Kareem, Kobe and Shaq, Kobe and Gasol and now Bynum and Sessions. This debate makes me think of Wilt and Russel. Anyhow, Bynum’s significant improvement shows. He’s putting up better numbers and people are becoming less superstitious of his health history. There are still some weaknesses in his game, but I’m confident that he’ll improve those as well.

  111. Maximillian says:

    please.. As good as Bynum is this season he will never be as dominant as Howard!.. Yes, perhaps his offense is a little bit better than Howard’s but he can never be as big as a defensive presence as Howard is. I don’t even think that Shaq with all his mumbles is better than Dwight in defense.

    • Steve says:

      Any kind of respect this comment had was lost with saying Dwight is better than Shaq was. You obviously have no clue. Shaq is and always will be the most dominating big man in the NBA. If only Steve A Smith read this, I can only imagine how hard he would have laughed and how many other words he got to rhyme with purposterous to describe your comment!

    • Steve says:

      Please!!!

      Any kind of respect you had for your comment was just lost in saying that Dwight is better than Shaq was…even defensively! Shaq was and always will be the most dominating big man in the NBA!

      If only Steve A Smith could have read your post, I can only imagine how hard he would have laughed and how many words he could have thought of that rhymed with preposterous to describe your comment.

      Think next time before you verbally diarrhea in a place where people who actually know what they are talking about when it comes to a game (you may have one time heard about) called ‘basketball’…

      • Renato says:

        I think you´re forgetting about Abdul-Jabbar, Olajuwon, Chamberlain, Ewing…Shaq was pretty good tough.

      • uoykcuf says:

        “Shaq was and always will be the most dominating big man in the NBA” Oh my, all those 80, 90s centers will be damned. U must forgot when hakeem schooled mvp robinson and shaq in the finals? Wilt will literally destroyed your shaq and you altogether.

    • MIAMIWHO says:

      Bynums offsensive game is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than howards, not just a little better. Foot work, post moves, short range jumper, free throws i mean what more do you want!

    • jranj says:

      wow spoken like a true HATER!!!!!!

  112. Patrickmarc says:

    If Howard becomes good at free-throw, and able to make several two points long distance as Pau, then he could stay the big player every team dream about.
    I think Bynum is better at free-throw and a better shooter long distance.

    • viNce says:

      yeah… i agree on that… especially the part where he’s a better shooter… he can totally shoot the 3’s… hahaha

  113. Sam says:

    Mr. Peix and other holy fans of the Miami Heat, I implore you to stop talking about 5 championships or 6 or 7 till the time you can actually win one with your big three…… If Dwight wants to be in Miami then we’ll see who gets the maximum ball touches…..

    Coming back to the topic at hand Dwight Howard has the better overall game and is my choice for a better center……

    • BBallfan says:

      Well said!

    • jranj says:

      yea 68.82% says Bynum is gonna be better………i think im gonna stick to the percentages and say Bynum and its not even close! one other thing did i hear u say Dwight has the better rounded game?? hahahaha which players are you watching comes game time?

  114. Cord says:

    Howards whining and complaining and stiff back makes him a less attractive No 1 than Bynum these days. Plus, Bynum is younger and has more upside left in his game.

    • prix says:

      yeah right! bynum don’t have on and off court drama??? please which universe are you in ? cuz obviously you are not watching the same NBA with us.

      bynum will shine DH12’s trophies after DH12 won 5 championships with Heat

      • bostonfan says:

        hahahah.. you really had to mention your miami heat in a “bynum-howard” discussion.. epic

      • Rich says:

        HAHA, which universe are you in ? Dwight Howard is not pleying for the Heat and he will never be. Besides he will not join a team who won’t make it to the East Finals this season.
        Led by Wade and LeBron, Heat are a bunch of weaklings who keep on flopping for every contact and non-contact they get… Geez, and they’re the athletic ones ?! EEENNNGGG !

      • lol@prix says:

        lol just lol. any other all stars the heat need to win?

      • kidd2k says:

        it has been a disapointing two seasons for miami nothing less then a championship should be expected every ring they get if they get any will be bought not earned

      • Let'sbefair says:

        He only said Howard’s defence and his defensive presence could be compared to shaqs… And I would have to agree with him. Although shot blocking ability is not everything credit must be given to Howard’s defence as it is solid and makes the other team always have to adjust. On the other hand shaq is obviously the overall superior player and the most dominant centre of the last two generations. His offensive prowess was his main strength however, as good as his defence was his Ability to dominate offensively in the paint was were he excelled. Howard’s defence could be compared to shaqs.

      • kobe says:

        HOW MANY STARS NEED TO JOIN THE HEAT BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY WIN A RING..GOOD ONE PRIX..SHOWING EVERYONE THE JOKER U R..NEEDED THAT LAUGH FOR A MONDAY

      • MIAMIWHO says:

        Now i get it. No wonder all of your post dont make sense @prix, your a heat fan. That explains it all for me.

      • LakersWillWin says:

        Really, no off court drama? What about the coach drama surrounding the Magic right now? Come on now, how do they approve these insanely uneducated comments…

      • Kel says:

        Bynum is better offensively, no doubt about it. Both have an impact defensively (though the edge goes to Howard). But I would worry about Bynum’s history of obtaining injury. I think they are both immature and need to grow. But I just don’t think Howard will ever be a serious leader. When he loses his composure and starts blaming refs, his team follows suit. Howard needs to be more concerned about winning than being likeable. Whereas Bynum just doesn’t always seem interested. But he’s seemed to fix that of late. I think I would trust Bynum more in the playoffs, he has the potential to better than Bynum, but Dwight has always been pretty healthy, despite the hits he takes. If Bynum can continue to be healthy and maybe shed a few more pounds… It’s a hard one. Dwight is just very inconsistent offensively. He needs a go to move, and he just doesn’t have a natural inclination for good offensive postmoves. Ever since he’s come into the league, he hasn’t improved much in that area. He also needs to get better at free-throws. I would just hesitate to depend on Bynum’s knee.

      • Chunk_le_Funk says:

        @kidd2k “Two disapointing seasons.” They made it to the finals last year! That’s not that disappointing.

      • LebronChoker says:

        haha. in any forum, it gets lively everytime the Heat gets involve in the topic.

      • Alexzo says:

        Firstof all, i’m just glad the Lakers didnt pull the trigger on trading the 2. I’ve taken Shaq’s side from day 1. (he should know who’s best!) I’ve seen this bynum kid grow & develop. It’s neen a long time coming but i’ve always argued that he’s more complete than Dwight. I had this crazy thought long ago that history repeats itself when you talk of Shaq vs Mourning match-up or even a Wilt vs Russell… In any case, Andrew Bynum has given me a reason to stay a laker fan when Kobe hangs it up. We are all witnesses to the rise of Mt Bynum…
        Bynum is BEASTIN’…
        Howard is DRIFTIN’…

      • Alexzo says:

        oh & btw, here’s a shout out to my main man Sekou…
        Why do u even welcome this prix guy’s comments here. Obviously, he’s out to annoy everyone with his nonesense. He’s a waste of space & a nuissance. Just saying…

      • viNce says:

        i think prix is a ten year old playing NBA 2K12 when he was imagining having dwight in the heat roster… emphasis on IS…

      • Saw Kapaw says:

        Looks like this kid Prix knows a lot about NBA haha. Didn’t your daddy teach you a little bit the salary cap rule in NBA? With LBJ, Wade, Bosh each making about $ 18 million a year for next 6 years, they just don’t have space a sign any other big contracts let alons with the new agreedment the salary cap will be even lower next year. They can still do sign and trade for Horward, but then they’ll be paying dollar to dollar, so instead paying him $ 20 million a year, they’ll be paying $ 40 million a year.

        But regardless, here’s what I think of Bynum and Horward comparison:

        Horward: More atheletic, quicker better rebounder, shot blocker and overall better defender than Bynum
        Bynum: Younger, bigger, stronger and overall better offensive player than Horward

    • Saw Kapaw says:

      Looks like this kid Prix knows a lot about NBA haha. Didn’t your daddy teach you a little bit the salary cap rule in NBA? With LBJ, Wade, Bosh each making about $ 18 million a year for next 6 years, they just don’t have space a sign any other big contracts let alons with the new agreedment the salary cap will be even lower next year. They can still do sign and trade for Horward, but then they’ll be paying dollar to dollar, so instead paying him $ 20 million a year, they’ll be paying $ 40 million a year.

      But regardless, here’s what I think of Bynum and Horward comparison:

      Horward: More atheletic, quicker better rebounder, shot blocker and overall better defender than Bynum
      Bynum: Younger, bigger, stronger and overall better offensive player than Horward