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Despite being the centerpiece of any package the Los Angeles Lakers put together for Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum's six-year career has been a major disappointment.
When the Lakers drafted him 10th overall in 2005, they believed they were drafting a seven-foot center that would rival Shaquille O'Neal's legacy. He could score, rebound, block shots and just defend in general.
However, up until now, Bynum has been inconsistent at best. He has shown he will always block shots, but his scoring and rebounding have fluctuated over the years.
For his career, Bynum has averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and two blocks per game. These are solid numbers, but Los Angeles expected him to do more, perhaps be a 20 and 10 guy.
Bynum has been unable to stay healthy, playing only one full season in six years. His work ethic is also questionable, but it mostly comes down to lack of confidence with him.
One night, Bynum is unstoppable, but the next, he's nowhere to be found. So while he may be the Lakers' best chance at acquiring Howard, he is far from the dominant low-post presence most thought he would be.
Calling Bynum a bust is an exaggeration, because, as previously noted, his numbers are solid. What makes him such a disappointment though, is that we know he is capable of much more.
Will he ever tap into that unused potential? At this point, after six roller coaster years, such a breakthrough is anything but guaranteed.