Lakers Debate: Who to Start Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum

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Lakers Debate: Who to Start Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum
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First off, I will say that this is a "problem" that every team in the league would love to have. 

But to get to the matter at hand: Now that Andrew Bynum is close to coming back, the Lakers need to figure out who will start.

Both Lamar Odom and Bynum have their claim to a starting spot, but one has a slight edge.

Argument for Odom

Lamar Odom has been very productive since being moved to the starting lineup; I mean, I was inspired to write this article, wasn't I?

Odom has always had the potential to be a star, and although that potential may be fading, who knows how strongly he might play as a Playoff starter?

The truth is that Odom has been very effective and the chemistry between the current members of the starting five is very strong. They have won 25 of the 32 games since Bynum went down, and a large part of that is thanks to Odom. 

Argument for Bynum

Andrew Bynum was extremely productive before his injury, and the possibility that he could return with the same power is too tempting to pass.

He awould provide a much-needed defensive presence in the middle.

But to be honest, it's more likely that Bynum will not come back at full strength. On the other hand, he's going need some playing time in order to be ready for the postseason, and starting him might be the easiest way to get him the necessary burn. 

Keep in Mind

Bynum starting allows him to use his knee while it is still warmed up from pregame drills.

As the Lakers stand now, they are a game behind the Cavaliers for the best record in the league; would this be the best time to mess with chemistry?

Who Has the Edge?

Andrew Bynum. Bringing him back to the starting line up could allow the Lakers to go over the top.

Not pleased? Well, look at it this way: If this Bynum thing doesn't go as planned, Odom can always be reinserted. 

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