The NBA offseason has been, for all intents and purposes, a certifiable mess. I won’t even get into the whole Chris Paul trade debacle because I’m afraid NBA Commissioner David Stern might veto my opinion. Instead, I’ll focus on another potential top NBA free agent of 2012, Dwight Howard. Specifically, the main pieces the Orlando Magic would receive should D-12 be shipped to one of the two rumored top destinations for Howard’s services — Brook Lopez from the New Jersey Nets and Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Just now, any Dwight Howard trade has been called off by the Magic. However, the man has demanded a trade and if he really wants to make his money — and who doesn’t? — he’ll want to be traded before January 1st in order to retain his Bird Rights with his new team, whichever it may be, and make the most money possible. If that doesn’t happen, if D12 is still demanding a trade near the deadline, there’s no way the Magic allow Shaq 2.0 to happen and end up with nothing nothing.

Full preemptive disclosure — I’m a Nets fan. This is the same as saying I like punching myself in the face periodically for no reason at all. In any case, when the rumor broke that the Nets offered a trade proposal centered around Lopez to the Magic, there were many that scoffed at the idea that Lopez was anywhere close to Howard’s level. BREAKING NEWS: no one is on Howard’s level. Unless, of course, you’re Skip Bayless and think Bynum can potentially be better than D12.

No one bloviates more than Bayless, so we’ll do a Dikembe and give him the finger wag. But when it comes to the comparison between Lopez and Bynum, from everything I saw last week on Twitter and from NBA writers of the mainstream medias, as well as our beloved NBA blogosphere, popular opinion wasn’t even close — Bynum all the way! When the Lakers jumped into the fray, with rumors of going after both CP3 and Howard, with Bynum being the main cog to getting Superman in forum blue and gold, it was almost like the prophets speaking about the second coming of Tebow in the Lakers big man. Many said that Bynum was a better center to get back than Lopez.

My reply — really?

Really?!?!

So even though the trades are off — for now — let’s take a closer look at how the duo stack up and see how it’s not really as one-sided as some people make it out to be.

OFFENSE

Last season, Lopez averaged 20.4 PPG despite beginning the 2010-11 campaign recovering from mono and playing with a shoot-first point guard in Devin Harris. After the All-Star break, he increased his point production (19.4 to 22.7) and field goal percentage (47.5 to 52.6), which was probably because of feeling healthier and playing a dozen games with Deron Williams. Previous to his 20-point effort in only his third season, Lopez averaged 13.0 points and 53.1 FG% his rookie season and 18.8 points and 49.9 FG% his sophomore year. For his career, Lopez is averaging 17.4 points while shooting 50.4 percent from the floor.

Bynum’s highest points average is 15.0, achieved in his fifth season in the league. Since becoming a starter in his second season, Bynum’s career points average is 11.9. For all six of his seasons, it’s 10.5 PPG, while shooting 56.9 percent from the field. Of course, Kobe Bryant’s scoring ability does put a damper on any of his teammates’ production. That huge difference also allows Lopez (23.9) to have a career Usage Percentage advantage over Bynum (18.5). So we’ll go more in-depth with quality, as opposed to quantity, by looking at where and how these two got their shots.

Looking at shot selection, Bynum is consistently at the rim — 3.1, 5.7, 5.4, 5.7, and 4.0 attempts the past five seasons since starting. From everywhere else on the floor (3-9 feet, 10-15 feet, 16-23 feet), the number of attempts in total are 2.3, 2.5, 4.6, 4.8, and 3.6 in the same span. Up close, Bynum shot 70.7 percent and outside of the rim area, 41.0 percent. He obviously knows where he’s money. However, Bynum is still raw and probably has some upside at 24 years old.

Lopez is a bit more versatile offensively and will shoot from all over the floor, particularly for a big. Lopez is nowhere near Dirk Nowitzki-like, but he isn’t completely unskilled. In his three seasons, here’s a breakdown of his shot attempts and shooting percentage per season: 5.6/62.7 percent at the rim; 3.3/46.0 percent from 3-9 feet; 1.6/36.7 percent from 10-15 feet; 2.7/38.3 percent from 15-23 feet. Last season saw a decrease in shots at the rim (4.8 attempts from 6.6) and an increase from everywhere else, particularly 3-9 feet (5.4 attempts from 2.6). If Lopez actually does feel stronger after recovering fully from mono, he should work closer to the rim once again and increase his attempts near the rim. It also helps that he worked over the summer with Hakeem Olajuwon. Yeah, that Dream Shake guy. Lopez is more polished than Bynum and also has upside to get better, something he seems wont to do. Oh, and he’s only 23 years old.

Despite Bynum having a higher Offensive Rating (117) than Lopez (110)…

Advantage: Lopez

DEFENSE

Partly because Bynum’s Lakers play a bunch on television, playoffs included, the masses will know about his ability to block and affect shots. No doubt it’s a big factor that makes him an attractive player for any team. However, Lopez isn’t so bad himself when you look at career blocked shots numbers — 1.5 blocks per game for Bynum and 1.7 for Lopez. However, Lopez’s advantage in playing about 10 minutes more per game (34.2 versus 24.3) for their respective careers plays a significant factor in their numbers. Per 36 minutes, Bynum (2.3) has the advantage over Lopez (1.8). Furthermore, Bynum’s 103 Defensive Rating bests Lopez’s 109.

It’s not as much of a slam dunk as the general population may think, but…

Advantage: Bynum

REBOUNDING

Every center needs to rebound. It’s one of the most important jobs that a center can do, considering how close to the basket they are. This is where Lopez’s 6.0 rebounding per game average last season really hurts him, as the perception is that he can’t board.

However, if you watched the Nets as I did, I’ll make an excuse here — Kris Humphries. I give up props to him for having that desire to rebound the ball, but Humphries didn’t do his teammates, particularly Lopez, any favors by fighting them for boards. At times I thought he would knock someone out and I am now having memories of him actually swiping the ball out of a teammate’s hands. Of course, that shouldn’t have mattered for a seven-footer like Lopez, so I’ll somewhat dilute the excuse, but let’s not forget that in his first two seasons (prior to mono and the Hump), Lopez averaged 8.1 and 8.7 rebounds. The numbers don’t make him Kevin Love by any stretch, but considering the (somewhat small) sample size, let’s consider last season an anomaly on the boards.

Unlike Lopez, Bynum has averaged double-digit boards (10.2 in 2007-08) in a season, but only in 35 games. To be fair, he also had to share space with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, both of whom rebound effectively. Regardless, because Bynum has played limited minutes and games in his career, we’ll go the Per 36 route where Bynum’s 10.6 trumps Lopez’s 8.0, so…

Advantage: Bynum

DURABILITY

In Bynum’s six-year career, he’s played 82 games only once. In his rookie campaign, Bynum played 46 contests and then 35, 50, 65, and 54 games respectively since his third season. Lopez has played every single game during his three-year career. Most Bynum supporters bring up his ability to change the game when he’s healthy, but will that ever happen? Bynum’s knees are mush and that’s obviously not good for a seven-footer.

Advantage: Lopez

INTANGIBLES

One of the worst things you can say about Lopez is that he’s a little bit too much into Disney — which would actually work out nice if he was traded to Orlando — and might be too chill of a bro. His draft stock dropped because he was aloof.

Some might argue that Lopez plays for a horrible team and has the ability to stack his stats. Maybe he was the main option for the Nets (he wasn’t all the time), but doesn’t that just prove that he could produce? Despite double-downs and being the focus of the opposing team’s gameplan, Lopez still got it done.

However, while Lopez is child-like, Bynum is childish. A prime example is what happened during the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs were leading three games to none and dominating the Lakers 100-68 in Game 4 when Bynum committed a flagrant foul against the diminutive J.J. Barea. Not cool.

Bynum has been limited by injuries, suffered a string of delays when coming back and is surrounded by an exponentially better cast of teammates. So, maybe he didn’t have the same opportunity to produce. Fine, but a lot of that was his fault, whether it be physically or mentally.

Advantage: Lopez

HEAD-TO-HEAD

11.25.08 @ Los Angles Lakers
Lopez: 17 points, 6-15 FG, 5-6 FT, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 PF, 39 minutes
Bynum: 15 points, 6-9 FG, 3-6 FT, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 5 PF, 28 minutes

11.29.09 @ Los Angeles Lakers
Lopez: 26 points, 8-15 FG, 10-12 FT, 12 rebounds, 0 blocks, 3 PF, 35 minutes
Bynum: 8 points, 2-5 FG, 4-6 FT, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 PF, 24.5 minutes

12.19.09 @ New Jersey Nets
Lopez: 18 points, 6-16 FG, 6-7 FT, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 PF, 40 minutes
Bynum: 4 points, 1-3 FG, 2-2 FT, 3 rebounds, 0 blocks, 6 PF, 11 minutes

1.14.11 @ Los Angeles Lakers
Lopez: 35 points, 13-19 FG, 9-11 FT, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 3 PF, 37.5 minutes
Bynum: 2 points, 1-5 FG, 0-0 FT, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5 PF, 22 minutes

In the potential two other matchups, Bynum was injured.

Advantage: Lopez

CONCLUSION

While Bynum might have all of this potential in people’s eyes, even though he’s six years deep into his career, wouldn’t it make sense to take the three years of production and health from Lopez? I’ll concede that Bynum is better defensively and can really put the ball in the basket point-blank range, but Lopez brings a lot more to a team while not being totally inept in the categories that Bynum can potentially dominate. Well, that 6.0 rebounds per game last season does present a sort of stigma.

That aside, whenever the Magic decide they’re ready to make a move, who should they choose between Bynum and Lopez? For me, that’s a rhetorical question. Give me the healthy younger guy that can score.
Dennis Velasco honestly looked at this objectively, but admits to writing for Nets Are Scorching. Regardless, feel free to discuss the merits of Bynum with him. Just expect a Stephen A. Smith sort of laugh. Follow Velasco on Twitter!

Comments (32)

  1. This is a great read, and I really see where you are coming from, but I didn’t see anywhere in your article about how they are used, or should I say how important offensively they are to their teams. Lopez has usually been the second primary scorer on the Nets over his career, sometimes even the first option when Devin Harris was injured. Bynum, on the other hand, has always been the third or fourth option on his team, after Kobe, Gasol, and Odom. Maybe if Bynum were a second or first option he would be better offensively.

  2. I disagree. Those head-to-heads aren’t really fair since it isn’t as if Bynum is getting anywhere near the touches that Lopez got in those contests. And the 35-point game in January was — I believe — right after Bynum came back from injury.

    I agree about durability, but “intangibles” go to Brook Lopez? Because Andrew Bynum was dirty for a play? Did you see Bynum’s aggressiveness when Pau Gasol bowed out late in the regular season? Dude was posting up and every single one of his moves in the post and on defense were quick and with conviction.

    Andrew Bynum’s footwork is ridiculous and he has far too many post moves for Lopez to compete with. Bynum is more of a true center and there aren’t really many of those left, while Lopez is perimeter-oriented, reminding everyone that he plays more like a 4 than a pivot.

    Bynum’s biggest knock is his health. And that’s the only reason I’d take Lopez over Drew.

  3. I agree with Carlos. Also, did all the pictures have to be from the same game?

  4. Great job of giving a completely objective comparison….Nawt.

  5. Great great article.
    Finally someone broke out the stats for people to see up close. To me it isn’t even a question about who the Magic should want. Lopez hasn’t missed a game in 3 years and is only getting stronger. Bynum is an injury waiting to happen and if a 24 yr old has knee problems what will a 28-30 yr old have?
    The question is “Do u want the name or the ball player that will be othe court for you?

    Simple answer -LOPEZ

  6. “im a Nets fan” this guy says….only reason he is even writing about D12….sad Nets fans are praying he gets traded there to save that franchise…Nets w/o Howard = lottery team

  7. Outside of the durability factor I would prefer Bynum…but because of the injuries Lopez it is.

  8. Brook Lopez has always been a solid player on a bad team. He really struggled on the glass last year which is unusual for a 7 footer to go from nearly a double double average to 6 rebounds per game. You can say that Humphries was literally clawing for every board or you can easily say that his effort on the glass is questionable. He’s robotic and needs to grease up the hinges since he is predictable with his post moves and slow. I don’t see him lasting with the center’s entering the league next year and he isn’t getting any quicker.

    Bynum is easily the center you want to build around. He is a champion that plays on both ends of the floor and he might get injured but he still is the better all-around, textbook 5 that you want to build around.

  9. If you’ve seen Bynum play enough you know he has glimpses of brilliance. His durability is a major issue, but his potential makes up for it. Why would you take Brooke Lopez and know you’re going to be an alright team when you could pick Bynum and possibly have a great team? His ceiling is much higher. Also it’s important to remember that Bynum has been playing with Kobe Bryant, Paul Gasol, and Lamar Odom. His numbers are skewed because he hasn’t gotten the touches that he would if he was the centerpiece of the team. Lopez has virtually been the Nets offense until Deron Williams came.

  10. ^^^Yup. Not to mention that Brook Lopez has never played in a playoff game and has had the keys to the team for two years now. I know he’s only played three years but he has played with great players and role players but has never taken the Nets past 30 wins. Vince Carter, Deron Williams, Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Hump, Skip to my Lou, and Sasha are just to name a few players that have been put around the dude and he never could lead the team.

    Remember last years 0-18 Nets that ended up winning 12 games during season? Brook was the guy on that team. You can say well that was his second season, but this guy isn’t a point guard, he’s a center that is the key to that teams defence which allowed around 110 points per game.

    Not saying Brook is a bad player, but so far in their careers, Bynum has proved to be a better asset to a championship team.

  11. I might be echoing some other commenters, but I think your Offensive analysis is a bit lacking. The focus of your argument seems to be around PPG which, I believe, is a nearly worthless stat in this case. There’s no doubt that there’s better ways to look at offensive production. FG% makes more sense in this situation, and Lobez loses that battle handily. I’m not an expert on advanced stats, but I know there’s something out there that can factor out playing time and team tendencies that would be even more useful than just straight FG%.

    You also break down their shot selection and the facts seem to point towards Bynum, again. He shoots significantly better at the rim (70.7 vs 62.7) and takes a higher percentage of his shots there. It seems like you try to spin Lopez’s outside shot attempts as some sort of proof of versatility, but I just see a 7-footer who needs to learn to stay down low. Maybe he’ll get some rebounds, then. His outside FG% suggests that he shouldn’t be spending very much time out there.

    Also, the head-to-head matchups are meaningless. Sample size.

    Anyway, I was just wondering if you have any better stats on offensive production at your disposal. It’s a great article and I think it’s useful to go in depth on a lot of these trade proposals. I feel like people have a tendency to lean on reputations when there’s so much trade analysis bouncing around. It’s a shortcut that doesn’t always work.

  12. Lopaz hands down..

  13. I read all the comments on here, people are arguing that Bynum doesn’t get the same touches as Lopez. Let me tell you something, I’ve been watching Brook for 3 years. When he gets the ball, he doesn’t have an option to pass. Teams double him, and he still scores 20 a game and gets double teamed- 2 things that are associated with Kobe. People laugh at the Nets- 12 win season- with Bynum at center instead of Brook, we probably would have won 5 games that year. And don’t call bias on being a Nets fan, Bynum went to HS at St. Joe’s Metuchen 15 minutes from my house, I’m a huge fan, but I know basketball, and I know Bynum’s points are garbage points when a teams trying to guard Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar at the same time. And as for D- Brooks would be better if he wasn’t getting the ball on offense every time. Oh and his knees aren’t broken (he might as well be Greg Oden). Brook is much better. No Brainer.

  14. i agree with this great article ppl keep thinking bynum is this great player please stop the madness … brook lopez is a great second option rite now if he was on the lakers im quite sure he would have the spot lite too … bynum is overratted

  15. Bynum has been in the league what 6 years, so when is this potential going to show again? before or after the next knee injury?

    Look, Bynum is a good player but it’s alot easier playing with Gasol & Kobe being the 3rd or 4th option on an offense than playing with Outlaw and Graham. Lopez has had to play with complete trash the past two season and now Williams is playing with him what happens? all of a sudden his ppg in the 12-15 games (not sure how many exactly) jump to nearly 23 ppg and his rebounding improved.

    Lopez’s problems with the rebounding were only last season. His 1st two seasons in the league he averaged something like 8.5 rb but last season Humphries was literally ripping boards away from anybody on the nets nevermind the opposition.

    If the Lakers had Lopez right now instead of Bynum everyone would rate him far higher. Put him on the Nets and he gets disregarded. When people never see Lopez play (Nets are never on national tv) they form an opinion on A) the teams record & B) The players stats. Without actually watching any games.

    Add in the fact Lopez was basically not 100% due to the mono and calcium deposit in his arm all last season means he had a down year on the boards.

    Bynum is a massive injury concern and Im worried for him in the condensed season with back to back to backs. Where as there are zero concerns for Lopez.

    I think we’ll see Bynum put up similar numbers like he has and also be injured for a potion of the season. I think Lopez with a full season and game plan with Williams increases his stats and play while also improving his rebounding etc due to being 100% healthy.

    It’s an interesting argument but Lopez is the move valuable player. Like I said before how many years do people wait for this “potential” to show. Lopez’s stats have risen each year he’s been in the league (apart from rebounding last year).

    Lopez over Bynum for me

  16. Who Bynum is now (lazy, headcase, overrated) is who he will always be. Its laughable that people expect him to change. When is this great potential and high ceiling gonna kick in? He has the body of a 40 year old just like Oden hes a dinosaur. He’s always hurt, do you think its just bad luck?? Stop being so emotional and realize the facts hes an injury proned headcase that will never amount to what you want him to be. Not to mention the fact that Brook will make 1/4 what Bynum does next year.

  17. I have to completely disagree on the analysis. Lopez is a really good player, no doubt about it. But Bynum, despite the tremoundous injuries that bothered him (that is IMHO his major problem), showed that he can completely dominate the paint on both ends of the floor. If i follow your logic, i can say that Bargnani is better than Bynum AND Lopez because he is more skilled with the ball and he can shoot and dribble like a guard, but really this cannot be true. If you want a real center to dominate down low, take Bynum and hope he can stay healthy. And you’re not throw into this the PO stats, because Lopez play none, Lopez did not play really tough games yet.

  18. The most important factor is that if (when) the Magic go through with this trade, they will be preparing to rebuild. How could you not take Lopez in that scenario? Hes younger, much healthier, in my opinion more talented, and has a lot to prove. Maybe a team who is looking for a finals run and needed that last piece to the puzzle would look at a guy like Bynum, hoping they could get 2 solid years of play out of him before his body breaks for good. But he just isnt a building block player to me. Brook can work to improve his faults (rebounding, defense) but Bynum’s are the type that AT BEST wont get any worse (injuries, attitude)

  19. ^Many of the comments are saying “Bynum has more upside, take the chance, it could be worth it” or “hope he stays healthy” .. do any of you realize that this is a billion dollar business? You think a team will just take a chance like that? IMO, they’re about equal, both with high upsides. But the Nets are offering a MUCH better offer.. especially the fact that they can take on a bunch of heinous magic contracts..

  20. It seems strange to give Lopez the advantage on offense when almost all numbers back up Bynum. Most in the league will tell you they want their big men at the basket and finishing 70% of shots. Unless your Dirk, no 7-footer should fall in love with their 20 footer. But it’s close.

    The main concern with Bynum is injury history, and its an absolute legitimate concern that could derail a trade. I won’t begrudge that.
    With Brook, the concern would be trending downward. Especially 6 rebounds per game, you cannot gloss over that so easily, its really pathetic (check his rebound rate (10)- he rebounds like a small forward- and its not an anomaly, his career rebound rate is 13, compared to 17 for Bynum)

    Now on the Magic end – what are they trying to do? Brook Lopez would be completely rebuilding – that team as constructed cannot possibly survive a center with rebounding/defensive numbers so poor. Bynum would allow them to continue to play the way their roster is constructed, but once you lose Dwight, it doesn’t matter. It’s really a philosophical move for Orlando in terms of what they want to do.

  21. there is no other center in league that could of accomplish what Lopez has done over in n.j by far none with the exception of Dwight Howard. the kid has room to grow & will absolutely have a much bigger,greater career than any other center in this league. now that he has work out with the dream Hakeem i can’t wait to see this kid upside whichever team he plays for i am a nets fan & Brook Lopez can play ball.

  22. This might be the worst cherry picked comparison between two players I have ever seen.
    Looking at PPG as a measure of offensive ability is idiotic, to say the least. If you don’t take into account per minute efficiency, you’re not looking at anything worthwhile.

    Let’s look at stats that actually mean something.

    TS% (ESPN) – Bynum 60.6%, Lopez 54.9% (Bynum)
    P/40 (ESPN) – Bynum 16.3, Lopez 23.2 (Lopez)
    Usage (ESPN) – Bynum 16.3, Lopez 24.7 (Lopez)
    AST rate (ESPN) – Bynum 11.2, Lopez 7.1 (Bynum)
    TO rate (ESPN) – Bynum 11.4, Lopez 9.6 (Lopez)
    REB rate (ESPN) – Bynum 19.2, Lopez 10.0 (Bynum)
    PER (ESPN) – Bynum 21.14, Lopez 19.33 (Bynum)
    WP/48 (dberri.wordpress.com) – Bynum .281, Lopez -.003 (Bynum)
    WS/48 (basketball-reference.com) – Bynum .210, Lopez .105 (Bynum)
    Simple Rating (82games.com) – Bynum +6.8, Lopez +3.4 (Bynum)
    Net Produciton (82games.com) – Bynum +10, Lopez +3.6 (Bynum)

    Basically, every advanced stat says Bynum is the better player. Lopez’s only major advantage over Bynum is that he’s more durable. You might think he’s a better scorer too because of his P/40, but the evidence clearly shows that Lopez’s scoring output is a result of his offensive opportunities, as shown by his enormous usage rate. Bynum’s 16.3 P/40 = his usage rate of 16.3. Lopez’s 23.2 P/40 < his usage rate of 24.7. If anything, Bynum is the better scorer as well, at least on a per possession basis.

    There is no WAY that Lopez is the better player. He's certainly been durable, and that a huge boon to him and his team, but it does not make him the better player.

  23. Dude, I want you to take a look at their advanced defensive stats. In the Lakers 16-1 run after the All-Star break, Bynum had the biggest defensive impact than ANY PLAYER in the league during that time. This guy is capable of being as defensively dominant as Dwight is. What an awful comparison, and completely biased towards Lopez, who is the first option on a bad team and cannot even put up 20/10. Bynum was the third option and was by far the bigger defensive impact. You can’t look at just blocks on that, that’s like saying “this corner’s better than that corner because he has more interceptions.” No, advanced stats are required here. Don’t mean to be rude, but please don’t ever do another player analysis. EVER.

  24. The interesting note here about a potential howard trade is that Bynum would become an unrestricted free agent while Brook would be restricted. Also, and this goes for everybody saying Bynum hands down, if your otis smith, are you not worried about Bynum’s knees? The dude has NEVER been healthy. That’s the biggest part that makes me laugh about the mainstream sports media. Taking bynum back in a trade could be an enormous risk.

  25. Bynum hands down based on upside potential. I like his toughness better than Lopez. His role with the Lakers is not one of scoring so to compare offensive production is foolish. Lopez at 7 feet should have better production on the boards no ifs ands or buts. Rebounds are indicative of toughness and will. Lopez defense meanwhile is adequate at best. He should be spending more time down low and use his height more. Bynum’s length with massive long arms is scary. Have you seen him next to D12? As he matures further into his body, I can see him being even stronger than he has shown. The sky is the limit. Durability is an issue yes, I see him changing that as he continues to work on his stamina and strength based on what we’ve heard about his off-season workouts. Before Pau came on board and Bynum was relied upon for scoring down low, he was a beast. Given change in offensive philosopy, I see that happening this season and I see his worth and value going up along the way. If Lakers don’t trade, they should still be pleased about having a dominant center.

  26. Look at the career stats of NBA players after 3 FULL years key word is FULL in the NBA you are who you are if you are injury prone the 1st 3 years chances are that’s your NBA career more or less. Brook Lopez is gonna be 18-8 for his career and durable. Andrew Bynum is gonna be a 25 min player 50-60 games per season 12-8. If they give him 40 minutes a nite he simply won’t last.

  27. If the Magic end up trading D12 to New Jersey (as a Raptors fan, I pray our division doesn’t have to deal with this monster), it will be because of Hedos contract. Otis Smith has givin the Bynum trade much thought but when it came to Brook and two first rounders for Dwight, Otis screamed “No” and hung up the phone. Team Russia called back and added that they will take on Hedo’s contract if thats what it means to get Howard.

    Either one of these big guys would be solid adds to the Magic but it must be really hard to give up the NBA’s prototype center that every GM is looking for; for centers like Brook and Bynum who lack the all-around aspects that you want in your center.

  28. The knees, man. Bynum’s clearly got more talent, but he’s been playing 20 minutes a game and not playing full seasons, and that’s just not enough. The Magic would basically be getting back half a player who gets paid like he plays an extra ten minutes a game, and that’s stupid.

    And why the fuck are you guys getting so intemperate about this? Fucking comments section is flying off the handle.

  29. Wow. Still a lot of people banking on Bynum’s “potential” and “upside”. Derrick Favors has “potential” and “upside”. A 6 year veteran with gimpy knees? Not so much. What you see is what you get.

    People also talking about Brook’s role as the number 1 or 2 on the team as if it’s a bad thing. When you have scrubs around you, the defense tends to focus on you. The fact that he can still score 20 or so points while the defense swarms him says a lot.

    On the other hand, Bynum got a lot of free looks underneath just because Pau and Kobe attracted the defense away from him.

    When you take in Bynum, you pray to God that he at least plays 3/4 of the year. You need to limit his minutes to 25-30 if you want that to remotely happen. When you take in Brook, you can just sit back and watch him earn his paycheck.

  30. I think you’re being generous with Lopez’s defensive abilities- defense is more than blocking shots and from what I’ve seen out of Brooke during his few years in the league, he is a below-average defensive center who’s also an inept rebounder.

    The Bynum vs. Lopez discussion isn’t so much about who’s better on paper – we are, after all, talking about their potential as trade bait – it’s about who makes a better fit for the Orlando Magic. The Magic’s roaster, as currently contrsucted, is saturated with shooters. Richardson, Redick, even Glen Davis (who chucked up so many questionable shots he drove Doc Rivers crazy) are all more than capable scorers. They Magic don’t need an offensive-minded center. In fact, it would be detrimental to the team. They need a defensive anchor. That’s the player Bynum has developed into. With Lopez on the roster, the Magic would have arguably the weakest front court in the league. Simply put, Brooke Lopez offers nothing to the Magic that they wouldn’t have otherwise; Drew Bynum, on the other hand, can provide the defensive presence that the Magic blatantly lack.

  31. I love d12 but would like to see him traded for barnaigni(Toronto) & their Spanish pg.(can’t remember name @ moment.). Anyone else?

  32. D12 for andrea barniagni & spanish pg.

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