Originally Posted by ForceOfNature
b) Bird was very smart in this scenario. THe Lakers are plain dumb to not give up Odom and Bynum for Jermaine O'Neal. O'Neal is a franchise player, something Odom never was/is. Bynum's been a bust so far. Larry Bird is smart in this decision.
Bynum been a bust so far? wtf are you talking about?
The guy averaged 2 mins/gm his rookie season. He is suddenly put in as starter last year with Kwame/Mihm out and actually showed some nice things. Late in the season, he kind of broke down...again, it was essentially his rookie season. He averaged 8/6 and 1.5 blocks in 22 mins/gm; you wanna call that a bust when the kid is only 19?
JO's first two years:
How do you know he's progressed faster than O'Neal at that age? If Jermaine got as many minutes as Bynum did his first 2 years, then he would have put up twice the numbers that Bynum is putting up. I can just tell Bynum is not a polished player when I see him play.
10.2 MPG (avg 4/3 and 0.6 blocks on 45%)
13.5 MPG (avg 4/3 and 1 block on 48%)
He was 19 and 20 yrs old
Bynum's first two years:
2.0 MPG (avg 2/2)
21.9 MPG (avg 8/6 and 1.6 blocks on 56%)
He was 18 and 19 yrs old.
Look if you want to predict that Bynum wont be as good as O'neal or will flat out not get anywhere...go ahead but to label him a bust at this stage is just ignorant.