Originally Posted by ZenMaster
No team will have a title on lock as long as the league is as competitive as it is.
And when discussing this remember that Dwight/Bynum are closer than people think is YOUR opinion and not a fact.
Let me lay down some facts then.
Andrew Bynum: 19 ppg, 12 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2 bpg. 56 percent shooting from field, 70 percent from the line. Far more expansive offensive game. 35 minutes per game.
Dwight Howard: 20.5 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 2 apg, 2 bpg. 57.3 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent from the line. 38.3 minutes per game.
When you do PER 36 and account for Dwight playing 3+ more minutes a game it gets even closer.
Then you want to measure defense? We can all agree Dwight is better defensively but the gap is greatly exaggerated.
Synergy Sports shows Howard allows .75 ppp, Bynum only .77. The better info is when you look at the actual chart and see that they both defend pretty equally in all scenarios and Bynum is actually the BETTER PNR defender at least according to the numbers despite Lakers fans trying to say Dwight would be a huge upgrade there. Bynum allows .8 ppp on PNR where as Dwight allows .84 ppp.
You want to look at win shares metrics? It shows Bynum is the more impactful offensive player, Dwight the more impactful defender which I've said before on many occasions. Bynum's offensive rating is 6 higher, Dwight's defensive rating is 4 better.
Reality is it's not just my opinion that they are close and when Lakers fans were watching Bynum dominate they were even saying it. Now that they feel Dwight may be coming the tune changes.
I'd fu**ing kill to have Bynum on the Clippers and would take him over Dwight because he's got so much more room to grow and is so much more gifted where as Dwight is just a freak athlete mostly. Bynum's post game has made my jaw drop on many occasions and his defense and rebounding is in that elite range now.