Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
When the doors open at the Wells Fargo Center on Halloween night in Philadelphia, all Sixers fans' eyes will be on one man: Andrew Bynum.
The Sixers' newest acquisition gives the team a potential superstar for the first time since the heyday of Allen Iverson, not to mention a dominant post presence that's been sorely missing in recent years.
Last season, the 24-year-old Bynum busted out with career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, despite being the No. 2 option on the Lakers behind Kobe Bryant.
He's not exactly Ray Allen from the free-throw line, but he's not Shaquille O'Neal, either, having averaged 69.2 percent from the charity stripe last season.
Bynum also set a career high, with 5.6 free-throw attempts per game last season, which makes him an invaluable asset in late-game situations, unlike Dwight Howard.
All signs point to Bynum, who turns 25 four days before the season opener, being ready to become a team's focal point offensively.
In his opening press conference with the Sixers, he alluded to being double- and triple-teamed in the Lakers' first-round series against the Denver Nuggets in the 2012 playoffs as solid preparation for what he should expect this season.
If Bynum can give the Sixers the 20 points and 10 rebounds per game that Elton Brand never could, the team will have an advantage over nearly every other club in the league this year.