In the past four games, Andrew Bynum has appeared to be much more than his self-proclaimed “shell” of his former self. The Cleveland Cavaliers center had a very rough start to the season only scoring in double digits three times in his first twelve games. But, beginning at home versus the Chicago Bulls, Bynum put up 20 points to kick-off a four game stretch averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Even better news to Cavs fans, three out of the four teams (Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Denver Nuggets) have winning records. Even the tragically injury stricken Chicago Bulls still have a inside game with bigs that go toe-to-toe with most in the league. In short, Bynum played his best against very good teams.
Better conditioning looks to be the main answer. After a year sitting on the end of the bench in street clothes, Bynum was clearly not in playing shape for this season’s tip-off. His minutes have slowly increased during the first sixteen games, now playing twenty-five minutes during these key four games. He is running the court with enthusiasm, playing with energy, and being rewarded with good positioning and a team looking to feed the ball down low.
This is the spark the Cavs needed during an anemic year for the Wine and Gold’s star, Kyrie Irving. Having trouble with efficiency, Kyrie is shooting only 39%. The dream for Cavalier’s front office is for Kyrie and Bynum be able to run a solid fast-paced game with the young dynamic scorer using the size and experience of Bynum to their advantage.
This may have only been a brief glimpse into why Bynum was so highly sought after, a quick time jump back to the promise he always showed, but it is hard to argue that putting up 18 points and 9 board while playing only half the game is the exact type of productivity the Cavs need.
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