nah my point is just observing if bynum is capable of being a franchise player. i don't think people realize the difference between being no.1 on the scouting report vs no. 2/3 its a huge jump. personally i think people underrate dwight because his game is ugly but they don't understand his impact to the game esp defensively. you also have to give credit to artest and barnes they look alot healthier and in basketball shape. both have stepped up themselves in kobes absence, i don't think it necessarily has to do with bynum making them look like steve kerr.
I don't see Dwight being underrated anywhere. Most have him in their top 3. He has room to improve offensively and if he doesn't, when he hits 30 and starts to lose that athleticism his game will suffer.
Quite simply, if Bynum were out right now, Barnes and Artest's defender go back to man coverage and they don't hit at the clip they are, so yes you can say he is making them look like Kerr/Allen.
I don't disagree that Bynum should improve his % even with such a major force out of the game, I believe he absolutely would given a little more time. He has too much talent and drive not to. And it's a testament to what Kobe brings to the game if anything. But the guy flat-out has a better offensive skill set than Howard and a more of a killer, closer instinct so why should I assume that he wouldn't get it together given a season as a #1, particularly as I said, with a team built around him? Honestly the Lakers are kind of weak as far as perimeter shooters go in comparison to other teams. I mean our 3 point shooters are Barnes/Artest?
Some of Artest's and Barnes improvement is, as Regal points out, a result of Sessions who can get them the rock quickly when they're still open, let them set their feet and get a shot in rhythm instead of just playing hot potato around the perimeter like they did with Fish and Blake but it doesn't hurt that their man is always playing off them on Bynum, further away than when they play off of Kobe and can switch back and close in a little faster.
Adande just wrote an article on Bynum:http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7817335/nba-andrew-bynum-shows-one-step-superman
I think the team is really growing without Kobe. They are NOT a better team without him, but they are learning how to play without him and play through a little on court adversity. Sometimes the Lakers use Kobe as a crutch, and the ball movement becomes stagnant and players don't move around. Not to mention that Kobe will have some more faith in his teammates now.
As for Bynum, I think it is great that he is getting guarded even tougher now. It is going to accelerate his already fast pace of growth. Then when Kobe comes back and the attention and space go back to normal, I think his percentages will go up and his decision making skill will have really grown.
Yeah I agree this stretch will be good for Drew, once Kobe is back it'll be like a weight lifted on him offensively and the beast will feast. Either that or Kobe will be open. Probably both.