Andrew Bynum is the best center in the NBA. Yes, the best center in the NBA. (Philly Live)
Here's your history lesson for the day. Who was the last dominant big on the Philadelphia 76ers?
If you said Chris Webber during the 2005-06 season, then you could have a case. He averaged 20.2 points per game while taking in 9.9 rebounds per game.
Clearly, Webber had a great year, but calling him a dominant big is a stretch. His game was at its best from 12-17 feet from the basket, so calling him a big is hard. Playing deep in the post was never his specialty, so he didn't ever demand more than one man guarding him.
Another good guess would have been Derrick Coleman's 1996-97 season. Averaging 18.1 PPG and 10.1 RPG shows that he was a force when on the floor. The problem is that he wasn't on the floor too much. He missed 25 games that year, and his game is similar to Webber's in the sense that he was more of a perimeter player.
Charles Barkley was a 6'6", 252-lb. power forward that ran the floor like a gazelle and had a very versatile offensive game. However, his post game wasn't anything to write home about. It would be impossible to fault you for picking Barkley as a dominant big, but it still doesn't feel quite right.
The correct answer to the initial question is Moses Malone. His 1985-86 season was an incredibly productive one. He averaged 23.8 PPG and 11.8 RPG while shooting about 46 percent from the field.
Seeing those kind of numbers out of Andrew Bynum this season wouldn't be out of the question. Bynum will also be the most important player on the defensive end of the floor as he'll be asked to control the paint.
Coming off of his best season of his career, Bynum has the potential to put up his biggest numbers yet. The kind of numbers that help a team make a deep run into the playoffs.