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Bynum hasn't seen the court in a while, but when healthy, he's one of the top bigs in the game.
The Portland Trail Blazers were none too keen on pursuing Andrew Bynum this summer (per Comcast SportsNet Northwest’s Chris Haynes), and considering their history with injury-prone big men, that’s totally understandable.
But strictly from a basketball perspective, Bynum would have been a very intriguing addition for the Blazers, so he’s landing there in the do-over anyway.
As it stands, Robin Lopez is set to get a hefty chunk of minutes at the 5 for the Blazers. That’s not terrible by any means—he played shockingly well for the New Orleans Pelicans (Hornets?) last season, is an efficient pick-and-roll player and provides some rim protection. But Bynum would be a massive upgrade offensively and would give the Blazers the potential to make a serious playoff run. That can’t be overstated.
Bynum takes a lot of flak, but he’s a phenomenal offensive player who would mesh well with LaMarcus Aldridge’s more jumper-oriented game. In the 2011-12 season, Bynum scored efficiently in the post (he shot 46 percent but drew a lot of fouls per Synergy Sports Technology) and was an excellent finisher on cuts.
Aldridge is a decent shooter from mid-range (he hit 44 percent last year per Basketball-Reference), so spacing wouldn’t be an issue between the two, and it would be tough to find a frontcourt in the league that could contain them defensively.
Believe it or not, Bynum was never used much in the pick-and-roll with the Los Angeles Lakers. He tended to hang around the rim while Pau Gasol acted as the roll man, which worked because of both his own ability to catch and finish and Gasol’s skills as a passer.
The Trail Blazers could use him in the same fashion the Lakers did (and run most of their pick-and-rolls through LaMarcus Aldridge), or they could opt to try Bynum out with Damian Lillard and have Aldridge spot up for jumpers. Either way, they'd have a deadly half-court offense.
Bynum’s not a great defender by any means, but he provides solid rim protection and is a very strong defensive rebounder. The Trail Blazers are still trying to retool around LaMarcus Aldridge, and Andrew Bynum would have been a fantastic addition so long as he stayed healthy.