Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Reasons Why Andrew Bynum's 'Untouchable' Tag Is Permanent

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIMarch 28, 2011

Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Reasons Why Andrew Bynum's 'Untouchable' Tag Is Permanent

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    Since the Lakers returned from the All-Star break, the team has won 15 of 16 games. A huge part of this can be attributed to the improved play of Andrew Bynum.

    In his 14 games since the break, Bynum has averaged 13 rebounds and 11 points a game.

    With his sudden focus on defense and rebounding, Bynum is playing the best basketball of his young career.

    According to Marcel Mutoni of SLAMonline, General Manager Mitch Kupchak has stated that if Bynum continues his improved play, he is virtually untradeable.

    Here are five reasons why Mitch Kupchak won’t be changing his mind any time soon.

5. Andrew Bynum Is a Better Defender Than Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom

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    Even before Bynum’s improvement on defense, he was more physical presence in the paint than Pau Gasol and/or Lamar Odom.

    While Gasol and Odom are far superior offensive players, Bynum is much better defensively.

4. Andrew Bynum Is Still a Work in Progress

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    With all of the knee injuries, trade rumors and up-and-down play, it seems as though Bynum has been with the franchise for a decade.

    However, this is only Bynum’s sixth year in the league. In addition, he is only 23 years old.

3. Honestly, Who Would the Lakers Want Instead?

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    Assuming that Bynum continues his focus on defense and rebounding, the Lakers will have an All-Star center for years to come.

    The Lakers have longed for Bynum to focus his energy on the defensive end.

    It would be silly to ever consider trading him now that he is doing what the coaching staff has always wanted.

    A seven-foot, defensive-minded center is hard to come by in today’s NBA.

2. Andrew Bynum Is the Only Building Block the Lakers Have for the Future

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    As of right now, Andrew Bynum is the only building block the organization has looking forward.

    Bynum will be going strong for the Lakers long after Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest are nearing the end of their careers.

1. Andrew Bynum Has Finally Found His Niche on the Team

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    Considering Bynum has been in and out of the lineup the last four seasons with numerous injuries, it has been hard for him to find a consistent rhythm playing with his teammates.

    When Bynum has been healthy in the past, it seemed as though he tried to contribute to the team more with his scoring than his defense.

    However, when you are playing with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, scoring is usually not hard to come by.

    Now, Bynum seems more focused on defense and rebounding, which the team needs instead of another scorer.

    With all of the media attention and praise from coaches and teammates, don’t expect Bynum to slow down any time soon.